In their work, Clinard and Meier (2011), define a kid (child or infant) as someone who has not attained a maturity age. However, the scope of this definition does not present a precise picture of what real kids are. Historically, kids have been considered as inferior beings when it comes to participation in decision making processes, in almost all aspects of life. Ideally, this work presents a critical argument on whether or not kids should be allowed to exercise their democratic right of voting.
A number of propositions have been presented regarding the rationale for kids’ participation in the voting process. Why should they vote? Just like adults, Amanda and Franklin (2008) agree that most kids (of average age) are both socially and politically rational. Therefore, they should be allowed to vote for what they politically and socially desire. Moreover, given that kids’ actions are legally bound, they should be given the opportunity to make significant contributions regarding making of the laws, which can only be realized through voting (Sugarman, 2007). Cited in Veerman (1992), Farson asserts that most guardians often decree the activities of their kids. This deprives them off their chance to witness self-government in action and advance experience with democracy.
Critics of kids’ participation in voting argue that kids’ decisions are easily swayed away by external parties and /or conditions. This is a clear indication that their decision may not necessarily reflect their opinions. Further, kids below a certain age may not make informed decisions.
I think that kids have a democratic right to vote. However, some sources have controversially responded to the underlying subject. No matter what the stand may be, in my view, kids should be given a chance to exercise their democratic right by voting. Though, they should be provided with adequate information that will enable them make the most appropriate decision.