Voting age to 16
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There have been many discussions over the years about the voting age and if it should be lowered. Now there is an argument in Oregon about the topic.
Many there argue that sixteen year olds can drive and pay taxes, so why not vote?
Some Oregon legislators hope to pass an amendment to lower the voting age by the 2020 election. They are convinced that teens want a chance to participate for the decisions about their home, clean water and air, and especially their schools.
In my opinion, sixteen and seventeen year olds are engaged enough to cast important votes. I feel that older teens take issues seriously, such as funding for education, health care, and especially gun violence. With all of the recent school shootings, the young people who ae victimized should have a voice in the debate.
Matthew Martinez, born in Chicago, goes to Mount Carmel High School on the South Side of Chicago. He went to grade school at St. John the Baptist in Whiting,...