Votes for 6 year olds
In the latest episode of, Talking Politics, podcast, Prof David Runciman said children as young as six should be able to vote in general elections to tackle age bias in society.
His point was that lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem of a voting system weighted against the young because older people yield far more votes, a problem made worse by an ageing population.
‘I would lower the voting age to six, not 16, and I’m serious about that,’ he said. ‘I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception.
‘The old thing about voting for people like you wouldn’t happen, 9-year-olds aren’t going to elect 9-year-olds to Parliament and even if they did they’d be outvoted.
‘What’s the worst that could happen? At least it would be exciting, it would make elections more fun. ‘
‘It is never going to happen in a million years but as a way of capturing just how structurally unbalanced our democracies have become, seriously, why not? Why not six-year-olds?’ he asked.
So what do you think?
Would you allow a 6-year-old to vote in a general election?
Would a 6-year-old want to vote in a general election?
Would the outcome of an election be far more different if 6-year-olds voted?
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