Shouldn't lower the drinking age

Birthday wish of the Basic Law: lower voting age!

From our point of view, the double anniversary is the long overdue point in time for our demand: “The Bundestag and the federal states must lower the voting age”, says our board member Hetav Tek. There are strong arguments in favor of lowering the voting age and few weak ones against.

Our model: Basically a voting age from 14. Those who are not yet 14 and register in an electoral register should also be able to vote beforehand. Our appeal to the members of the Bundestag: "Give young people a gift for the 70th birthday of the Basic Law and the 100th of democracy in Germany and finally give young people the general, direct, free, equal and secret right to vote", demands Hetav Tek.

The opponents of lowering the voting age assume a lack of maturity and a high degree of influence from third parties. In general, the following applies: people approach a choice with their personal assessments and preferences. You make a blanket assessment and form a blanket judgment. You can do that at the age of well under 18 years. And, of course, the parents have a great influence on the children's choices. An influence of peers also applies in principle to adults. You can also be influenced by friends, work colleagues and the media. So this is not an argument for not letting children and young people vote.

And maturity is not a hurdle either: For 14 years, the fact that other legally stipulated rights and obligations also begin with 14 speaks for itself. At the age of 14 children can become members of a political party, choose their religion or have limited criminal responsibility. Apparently 14-year-olds are already given a lot of personal responsibility. Social science studies also show that children from the age of 12 look beyond their own living environment and are interested in processes that do not only affect themselves.

“Lowering the voting age is a great opportunity for democracy,” says Hetav Tek. Those who vote in their first election are very likely to vote in the future too. Voting habits are developed at an early stage and participation in voting becomes a matter of course. "That's what all politicians should want," says Hetav Tek.