As you all know, I support many voting reforms, but lowering the voting age is one where I respectfully disagree with the great people at FairVote and others.
There needs to be some kind of voting age (we can't have 2 year olds voting), so how do we choose between 16, 18, or some other age? For many things, 18 is the age of "adulthood," and for me this is the most logical age to allow people to vote.
While there are certainly some 16 year olds who would be more educated voters than most adults, my feeling is that 16 year olds are in general much less likely to be informed about political issues than adults. I also feel that voter turnout among 16 year olds would be very low. I would love to see some statistical data relating to this.
Until I see some data that provides a good reason for allowing 16 year olds to vote, I would rather focus on voting reforms that increase voter turnout for adults, such as making election day a national holiday or automatic voter registration.
What do you think?