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THE notion that 16 to 17-year-olds should have a vote is, in my opinion, sadly misguided.
People of 16 or 17 cannot join the Army, they can only sign up to join at the age of 18.
Although legal, few people are married at 16. Even fewer are homeowners or parents.
Sadly, the vast majority of 16 to 24-year-olds have no interest in any form of politics.
Finally, by the very nature of age, most 16 to 17-year-olds do not have life experience. Lowering the voting age is an attempt to provide the Scottish National Party with a result it desires. Likewise, our own politicians think they see an advantage by inviting 16 to 17-year- olds to vote.
We are about to witness an object lesson in apathy with the Police Commissioner elections.
Apathy is the friend of politicians in our voting system. It means they do not need to try too hard and they can claim a majority vote.
Few elected politicians ever achieve more than 30 per cent of the total possible votes. Until we have compulsory voting we will continue to end up with what we deserve.
The argument that everyone has a right not to vote is ludicrous.
Charlie Stone, Southolme Drive, York.
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