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Commentary: Why lowering the voting age to 16 makes sense

Teenagers in the United States are ready to vote.

Being 16 means a lot; basically a person is now a young adult.

This is the stereotypical age of every single character in a high school-oriented romantic vampire vs. werewolf movie.

Sixteen-year-olds can be charged as adults, apply for legal aid, move out of their parents’ homes, and get married (with parental consent).

Many high school students tweet and talk about the upcoming presidential election.

One reason why politics has become more interesting to teenagers is because of Twitter and other social media.

Teachers and parents claim that social media may be the downfall of mankind, but Twitter and other social media are an excellent resource for teens looking to quickly find the latest information on almost any subject, including national politics.

The biggest argument against teenagers being able to vote is that they are not mature enough.

But compared to some presidential candidates, most teens seem way more mature.

Another argument against teens voting is that they might too easily buy into some candidate’s strategies to attract young voters, such as promises of free college tuition.

A third argument is that many teenagers simply don’t care about politics, so why can’t the ones who do care wait another two or years to vote?

A presidential term is four years long, making 16-year-olds 20 by the time a first term has concluded.

Many issues can arise during those four years, and with teenagers’ votes, maybe outcomes would be different.

Only 42 percent of Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections – not even half of the adult population in the United States. Shouldn’t we fill that gap with teenagers who are eager to vote?

Another reason why 16-year-olds should be eligible to vote is because many topics, like female reproductive rights and same-sex marriage, could affect them later in life.

If young people could vote on these issues and not leave it up adults ages 60 and up, who represent 55 percent of the total voters, maybe more people would be satisfied with their government.

Teens should be the ones voting on topics that will affect them later on in life.

Having teenager’s votes fills the void left by those Americans who chose not to participate in the election process.

Teenagers should have the power to make topics that they are passionate about legal, and to shape the future of America.

Let’s allow the younger generation to speak for themselves.

Anthony Iacuzzo is a sophomore at Lancaster High School.

Compared to some presidential candidates, most teens seem way more mature.