DEMOCRAT NH State Representative Susan Almy must be considering a run for Student Council President. She wants to give towns and cities the option of providing voting rights to juveniles age 14 and up. She’s working on a State Bill to do just that. Of course, she wants 14 & 15 year olds to get ¼ votes in local elections only. 16 & 17 year olds would get ½ votes.
"I thought that it might be interesting to see if we could get a couple of towns to try doing this as an experiment to see how it would go," Almy said.
"It seems to me that it would be extremely interesting to allow younger youths who were starting to think about civic affairs to be able to start voting in school."
Oh, wonderful. A captive environment with an admitted Leftist bias serving as a polling "palace" for a juvenile electorate.
Forgive me if I don’t think this is a good idea. Courting the “young vote” is an admirable cause. Creating
the “younger still
vote” isn’t. Her rationalization is that it would raise interest among America’s youth in civic affairs. Is this just another attempt at indoctrination? Probably.
I won’t insult all of America’s youth and conclusively state that 14 year olds are not prepared to make such binding decisions. I’ve met some that instilled a greater sense of confidence in me than a significant number of adults who voted in the 2004 General Election. I, will, however, state that kids need the opportunity to be kids first.
Why stop with 14 year olds? Let’s move it down to 10 years old and start a PAC for Sponge Bob Square Pants. I hear he is a fiscal Conservative capitalist…