Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Let the children vote.

They can't do any worse than their parents. Some in the California legislature have proposed that children as young as 14 be allowed to vote:

A proposed amendment to California's constitution would give 16-year-olds a half-vote and 14-year-olds a quarter-vote in state elections.
State Sen. John Vasconcellos, among four lawmakers to propose the idea on Monday, said the Internet, cellular phones, multichannel television and a diverse society makes today's teens better informed than their predecessors.
The idea requires two-thirds approval by the Legislature to appear on the November ballot.

There is dissent:

A Republican colleague said it was "the nuttiest idea I've ever heard."
Said Assemblyman Ray Haynes: "There's a reason why 14-year-olds and 16-year-olds don't vote. They are not adults. They are not mature enough. They are easily deceived by political charlatans."

True. But that doesn't stop California (and other states) from treating children as adults when they commit crimes; really, if they aren't children when they commit crimes, why should they be children when they want to vote?