Politics Don’t let 16-year-olds vote. Voters are uninformed enough already
Republicans roll out “tidal wave of voter suppression”: 253 restrictive bills in 43 states
GOP is using Trump’s “big lie” to push a historic “contraction of voting rights," says Democratic lawyer Marc Elias Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The governor announced that the stadium's parking lot which offers COVID-19 tests will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and older to drive up and get vaccinated. The vaccination site opened today for a trial run but it was not known when it will be open to the general public.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley has a terrible idea to expand who can vote in the United States, and the House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected it on Wednesday.
The Massachusetts Democrat’s big idea: lower the voting age from 18 years old to 16. Itwith every Republican opposing it and 93 Democrats joining them.
While Pressley wantsat the ballot box in future elections, there is a serious problem she and others who think minors deserve to vote ignore. The country already has a woefully uninformed electorate, and this would make things worse.
How to fix democracy: Break up the Democratic and Republican parties, experts say
A record number of Americans says the two major parties are doing such a poor job that a third one is needed, polling shows. But the zero-sum, winner-take-all dynamics of U.S. elections makes it nearly impossible for third parties to gain electoral traction, despite survey data that shows fully half of Americans don’t identify with any party and label themselves independents. It also was underscored this past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference, when former president Donald Trump ruled out creating a third political party to promote his brand of nationalist conservatism.
Perhaps the biggest problem with voting today is that we have far too many people voting who have no idea what they’re voting for. They’re filling in bubbles to elect people they have never heard of to do some job they don’t understand.
Ask the average person who their state representative, state senator, congressman, or county treasurer is — or if they can name a couple of people on their local county commission, board of selectmen, or city council. Even if they voted in those elections, there is a good chance they don’t know the answer to those questions, let alone what they do or who else ran against those elected officials. That’s the case despite widespread internet access.
A 2018 Johns Hopkins Universityfound that 1 in 3 voters can’t name their state’s governor, and 4 out of 5 don’t know who represents their district in the state legislature. Additionally, a 2017 from Haven Insights showed that just 37% of people knew who their congressman was in the U.S. House of Representatives. Plus, a 2015 Fusion revealed that younger voters are disproportionately uninformed. It showed that 77% of millennials could not name one U.S. senator from their state. For less prominent positions, the name recognition is likely lower for all age groups.
Senate Nears Saturday Passage After All-Nighter: Stimulus Update
The Senate is on track to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill as early as midday Saturday after a compromise reduced added unemployment benefits to $300 a week, one of several ways moderate Democrats shaped the bill to be less generous than the House version. Democrats also fought off a raft of Republican amendments to cut state and local funding, redirect Amtrak funding, end aid to indebted minority farmers, and stop grants for non-profit entities. The amendment process began after 11 a.m. on Friday.But the chamber voted to include the deal Democrats reached within their own ranks to extend until Sept.
Now imagine if we throw 16- and 17-year-olds with less developed prefrontal cortexes into the voting base. Would it help the unfortunate problem we face or make it worse? Should we want an electorate that knows what they’re voting for or not?
And voting for your preferred party is no substitute for doing your research. The R or D next to someone’s name, if there is one, doesn’t necessarily tell you what someone supports. There areand pro-gun Democrats, and there are Republicans who and letting biological males play women’s sports. This diversity of opinion is especially relevant in less prominent races where the issues are different than they are in national or even state politics.
On top of that, how can we expect people to know what they’re voting on if they don’t know who they’re voting for? There is evidence that certain candidates receive more votes depending on the ballot order. A University of Pennsylvaniafound that the first candidate on the ballot in a race is 4.8% more likely to win a race than the average candidate in the race. Plus, conventional political wisdom says that candidates tend to perform better in their hometown, as a 2015 research paper from the University of St. Louis, Missouri .
Georgia Republicans are pushing dozens of 'election integrity' bills. Black voters are the target, rights groups say.
As the battle over voting rights plays out in legislatures across the country, advocates say federal protections are more necessary than ever.The Republican-controlled state Senate votes Monday on a package of legislation that would, among other things, limit mail-in voting primarily to Georgians who are elderly, disabled or out of town on Election Day — one of dozens of restrictive election-related measures under consideration in state legislatures.
If voters are so uninformed that they pick the guy with the letter A in his last name or the woman from their Podunk just because they live sort of near each other, then maybe what this system needs is fewer, but more informed, citizens voting.
Tom Joyce () is a freelance writer who has been published with USA Today, the Boston Globe, Newsday, ESPN, the Detroit Free Press, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Federalist, and a number of other media outlets.
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Trump’s false claims of voter fraud inspire flurry of voting restriction bills .
In statehouses around the country — most notably, Georgia — lawmakers are rolling out legislation that would make it a lot harder to vote. They’re considering dozens of restrictive bills to purge voters from rolls, limit early and absentee voting, add voter ID requirements and eliminate automatic and same-day voter registration. In short, bills are being introduced to prevent something that didn’t happen in 2020 — widespread voter fraud — from recurring in 2022, 2024 and beyond.