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Young Voices, Big Choices: Lowering the Voting Age Episode 186

Niall Boylan | March 19, 2024
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    Young Voices, Big Choices: Lowering the Voting Age Episode 186
    Niall Boylan

In this episode, Niall dives into the contentious debate: Should We Lower The Age Of Voting? A Fine Gael Senator recently stirred the pot, suggesting that 16-year-olds should have the right to vote, arguing that politically-minded youth feel ignored by the establishment. But is 16 too young? Are they mature enough to influence their own future through voting? The discussion heats up as callers share contrasting views.

Some callers passionately support lowering the voting age to 16. They argue that many young people at that age are politically aware and engaged, citing issues like climate change and education as areas where their voices should be heard. They believe granting voting rights empowers them as active participants in democracy, fostering civic engagement from a young age.

Others vehemently oppose the idea. They express concerns about the maturity and informed decision-making capabilities of teenagers, suggesting that voting rights should remain with more mature individuals. While acknowledging that some 16-year-olds may be politically aware, they argue that many are not yet equipped to make informed decisions about complex issues with far-reaching implications.

As the discussion unfolds, Niall navigates through these divergent perspectives, highlighting the complexities and implications of lowering the voting age. In the wrap-up, he reflects on the key points raised by callers and provides insights into the ongoing debate surrounding youth participation in democracy.




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