Voting Is A Key Aspect Involved In The Function Of A Democracy

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Voting is a key aspect involved in the function of a democracy in a country, a democracy being a system chosen by the population it governs. Usually the voting population would choose to elect someone as their representative, such as a political party. The victory of the vote usually depends on the majority vote of those participating. In most countries, those under the age of eighteen do not get to vote based on the laws that stand within that population. Suffrage is another word for the ‘right to vote’. The result of the vote will impact on the actions that are taken. There are many arguments as to whether suffrage should be given to those of a younger age, as decisions made by the population in a vote may also affect them in the years …show more content…

There is evidence that it could have been when “ ‘The Student Room’ the worlds’ largest online student community” set up a poll for students under the age of eighteen so they could say what they would have voted for if they had the opportunity. According to the article published on a site associated with the student room ‘tsrmatters’ this statement was made based on the results found.
“There are 1.46 million 16-17 year olds in the UK and with 82% voting remain, that number would match the 1.2 million difference between the leave and remain votes. Potentially changing the result completely” [4]
This statement could suggest that if the opportunity had arisen, the results of the referendum may have been different. The ‘side effects’ of Brexit may not have occurred, such as the record drop in the value of the British pound against other currencies which took place as soon as the ‘leave’ result was announced. [5] This could imply that the results were not the best for the future of the UK and if the voting age had been lowered, perhaps the results would have been different and the problems associated with the decision to leave would not have taken place. I believe it to be unjust that the younger generations are ignored in such big decisions. Sixteen year olds are able to legally consent to sex, have a full-time job, pay taxes and seventeen years olds are legally able

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