With the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, the several States were granted authority to determine legal voters (Electors) in accordance with Article I. Section 2. Clause 1. for national elections. This clause states: “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.”
Historically, there would be no change in the voting rights of We the People here stated until after the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation was codified by Amendment XIII which was ratified in 1865. Three years later in 1868 Amendment XIV was ratified removing the three-fifths designation afforded slaves in Article I. Section 2. Clause 3. Another two years would pass before ratification in 1870 of Amendment XV, the first Voting Rights Amendment, granting to all men in the United States the right to vote without regards to “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” It would be another fifty years before any additional changes were made to the national voting rights. Amendment XIX granting women the right to vote nationally was ratified 18 August 1920. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, brought about the ratification of Amendment XXIV prohibiting the several States from charging a Poll Tax for the privilege of voting. FDR lowered the draft age to eighteen in 1942 to bolster the ranks of the military during World War II. During the Vietnam War Era, this lower draft age brought about the slogan “Old Enough to Die, Old Enough to Vote.” This slogan was a catalyst which brought about the latest and fourth change to our national voting rights in 1971 and with the ratification of Amendment XXVI the national voting age was lowered to eighteen.
According to the World Atlas, the majority of the world’s 193 nations, including our Constitutional Republic, have a voting age of 18. There are fifteen nations with a voting age less than 18 — nine nations with the age of 16 and six with the age of 17. On the other side of the bell curve (bell spike), there are fourteen nations with a voting age above 18 — South Korea at age 19, three nations at age 20, nine nations with a 21-24 voting age, and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) with a voting age of 25. Twenty-two of the 193 nations have mandatory (compulsory) voting, but only 11 enforce it.
There is now a movement within some States to lower the voting age to 16. The Left is in favor of lowering the voting age to sixteen solely because they believe it will benefit them at the ballot box and for no other reason. They firmly believe that there are more progressive than conservative youth and that these progressive younger voters would turn out and vote for their agenda. In this they are probably correct because for more than one hundred years academia and the teacher unions have patiently, baby step by baby step, changed the university and public school curricula to conform with their socialist and Marxist views which fails to teach critical thinking and the conservative views of the Founding Fathers at every possible turn.
Until now in the Twenty-first Century, the Left simply does not tolerate dissent or an opposing point of view as is demonstrated by their use of every possible means to undermine the Constitutional Rights of conservatives and cower them into silence. It is a fact, that their Grande Dame, Nancy Pelosi is on record for lowing the voting age to sixteen. This is reason enough to oppose the change because she has never supported anything that was good for the Constitutional Republic. Her only concern has been what is good for the Democratic Party and their ability to stay in power to convert our Constitutional Republic into a Welfare Socialist State! Her only concern is to establish an oligarchy of progressive-socialist Democratic elites and place We the People as slaves upon a government plantation. A plantation that would forever make We the People dependent on them for everything and deny us our unalienable Rights from God, the Creator, to Life, Liberty and Property.
The Patriot Pen believes granting the right to vote to sixteen year olds is ill advised. This is because they lack the maturity that comes from providing economically for themselves. They still live off their parents and have little, if any, conception of what it takes to keep a family afloat let alone a nation.
If the object of this new voter effort is to increase participation in the electoral process, the Patriot Pen believes the first step should be to follow the example of the twenty-two nations that have made voting mandatory or compulsory. Our Constitution could be amended with a fifth voting rights amendment requiring all citizens age 18 and over to register and vote, in person or by mail. This amendment could also require that every voter keep the election rolls accurate when moving from place to place and that their next of kin report their death to remove them permanently from the voter rolls. A penalty would also have to be established for failure to vote or keep the voting rolls accurate.
May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !