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Should Children Have the Right to Vote?

  • Eric Wiland
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Abstract

No citizen should be denied the right to vote due solely to her age. We can see this by showing that all objections to it fail. It might be objected that it is not unjust to so deprive children because children as a group are unintelligent or irrational, have their interests already represented by the parents, or are justly deprived of many other rights (e.g. the right to serve on a jury), among other reasons. But all these objections fail because (1) there is no evidence to support it, (2) even if true, this would not justify disenfranchisement, or, most prominently argued here, (3) they deprive individuals of political rights based upon their membership in a group. The voting age should be abolished.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Wiland
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  1. 1.University of Missouri-St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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