Do We Matter At All? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Although the teenagers who are reading this paper will not be eligible to vote for a few more years, we have as much at stake as any adult regarding some of the issues about which our elected officials are making decisions. We are considered old enough to pay taxes - in fact, income tax forms are the only documents on which our signatures are legally binding - so shouldn't we have some say in the amount of taxes that we have to pay? Cuts in aid to schools hurt us, so why doesn't anybody ask for our opinion? Why do we have no voice?

It is unreasonable to expect the voting age to be lowered to fourteen or sixteen and there are many good reasons why it is not. But shouldn't our opinions be listened to? Elected officials pay the most attention to people who are registered to vote, but is it my fault that I started to think years before I legally become an adult? Isn't there some way in which we can be heard?n

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
yesterday at 9:17 pm
i love this so much!
morgie7<3 said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 2:16 am
love ur point! Nice job! I mean yeah if they lowered the age bunches of wackos could be voting and not really knowing what their voting for...but theres tons of people out there that are really smart and know what they believe in and they dont even have a say at all in what this government is becoming. Yes...i too think that it would be silly to lower a voting age but our opinions and beliefs should be analyzed more carefully. I'm not even fourteen yet...and i know what I stand for.
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