Voting at an early age

The large turnout of voters in the primaries yesterday is a good sign for the future of democracy in this country. Anyone watching the TV images of young voters flocking to rallies and vowing to vote for the candidate of their choice could not help but be impressed by their interest and attitudes. Now a proposal has been floated that teenager should be allowed to vote before they reach 18. An op-ed piece in the New York Times suggests that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote after they have completed a civics course that teaches the basics of the political process. Those of us who watched our children go through the teenage years have been impressed by the interests and ideas they express about what the country should be doing. Perhaps it is time to give them a chance to put those ideas to work. At least it is worth thinking about.

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