Should there be a maximum voting age?
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Should there be a maximum voting age?

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With all the talk of lowering the voting age to 16, some have started wondering whether there should be a maximum voting age. Cognitive impairment is a reality of advanced aging, and if we don't trust teenagers to make informed decisions, why should we trust senior citizens? Many states already allow a senior citizen's driver's license to be taken away after a certain age, couldn't the same rule be applied to voting? But others argue voting is a fundamental right, no matter how old someone is. What do you think? 👴🏻

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In the wake of the Parkland school massacre and youth-driven activism we've witnessed in subsequent weeks, many are pushing to lower the voting age to 16. Teenage protestors argue they should be allowed to vote because they are being targeted in school shootings, yet have no say in gun legislation. Others argued 16- and 17-year-olds lack the judgment and cognitive ability to make informed voting decisions.

But if the argument against lowering the voting age has to do with their inability to make mature and informed decisions, shouldn't the same rule apply to older voters? It is a statistical reality that the risk of dementia doubles every five years after an individual turns 70, with almost one-third of adults experiencing some form of dementia by age 85.

Not to mention the fact that older voters don't have to live with the consequences of their voting decisions in the same way younger voters do.

If we don't allow people under 18 to vote because of diminished capacity, why doesn't the same standard apply to those within 18 years of the average life expectancy? In the U.S. the average life expectancy is currently 79. I think it's fair to say that those 61 and under have the greatest stake in the future direction of the country.

But voting is a fundamental right in the way driving is not. Senior citizens have worked in and contributed to our country for decades, taking away their right to vote just because of age would be wrong. 

Not to mention, while dementia may be a reality for many, it isn't a reality for all. It'd be unfair to punish all senior citizens just for the few that have had their cognitive abilities diminish. 

A maximum voting age would be complicated and inherently discriminatory. It may sound good in theory, but it'd be a nightmare in practice.

Although a maximum voting age may seem like a good idea at first, the specifics aren’t so black and white. At what age would someone be “too old” to vote? Would it vary as to what was being voted on? The general consensus seems to be that someone who is retired is “too old,” but what about early retirement? If someone doesn’t work at all, should they never be allowed to vote? At that point, you’re too close to regressing to the days where only rich, white, college educated men could vote.
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