An op-ed by Charlotte

By Charlotte Coker, age 9, third grade

Kids should be able to vote. Kids should be able to vote because kids are mad about the people who are running for president. Kids are also mad about the decisions that our leaders make. I’m mad about building a wall between Mexico and U.S.A. I think kids should vote at age 13. Age 13 is a reasonable age to vote. 13-year-olds should have the privilege to vote because it is their first time being a teen and they are responsible enough. Some people may be frustrated to wait for the original age limit. I think there should be a poster that says “ages 13 and up.” It will help people know their time to vote is soon. I think this is a good idea and it will be good for the public. Do you want to vote?



One thought on “An op-ed by Charlotte

  1. Charlotte,
    So, kids should be able to vote? I commend you for realizing that at age 9, you might not have the experience to cast an informed vote, but why 13? People of that age are considered to still be children, and can’t legally be held responsible for much, but they are responsible enough to choose our leaders?

    You say that kids are mad about the people that are running for president. No argument from me there. When we’re down to a guy that often as not doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about, and someone who is a credibly alleged criminal, that’s not much of a choice. Does your average 13 year old have the knowledge to sift through the variables involved with deciding between the lesser of two evils?

    You say that you’re mad about building a wall between Mexico and the United States. Why? I’m not saying that you’re right or wrong, I’m just curious about the thought process that you used in coming to that conclusion.

    Charlotte, it’s good that you think about the future at your age, I did also, back in some other millennium. In 1960, at the age of eight, my entire family was for Nixon, except for me. I liked Kennedy. But my preference was based more on how he looked than what he stood for.

    So don’t be in too much of a hurry to accept adult responsibilities. Enjoy your childhood. It will be over too soon, and you can never get it back.

    But do keep writing. Everyone, including children, deserves to have their voice heard.

    Take care.

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