Lowering the voting age to 16 As most 18-24 year-olds do not use their vote, is 16 is too young? Arguments seem to cluster roughly around three questions: RepresentationYoung people are tax-payers and are old enough to take on a range of adult roles, such as marriage, parenting and full-time employment, So, are they not old enough to vote? MaturityAre young people of 16 mature enough to vote? Do they have enough understanding of the world to make sense of politics? ResponsibilityWill 16-18 year-olds take their responsibility seriously enough if given the vote. Download this pdf to use this free resource. Suggested Next Steps: See our other free teaching resources. Read more about why we should teach citizenship. Look at our subscription based resources and citizenship experiences.