Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SJR22
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SRULES/Overview
This bill amends Oregon Constitution lowering voting age from 18 to 16 years old. Referred to voters.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
In an attempt to improve voter turnout the bill lowers the voting age to 16 it instill an interest at an earlier age. The fallacy is that teenagers don’t have fully developed brains to manage executive processing decisions of a complex manner that has more universal consequences. Neuroscientists agree that the human brain hasn’t really developed until the mid 20’s, and most scientist claim the brain isn’t fully developed until age 25. Adding to much responsibility and stress to a developing brain has the same risk as alcohol or drug abuse that can permanently affect the brain. To allow 16 year olds voting rights may be harmful for many. The brain is constantly adapting to circumstances, environment and experiences that are essential to understand voting issues for the greater population outside of the teenage world. There are mature teens with exceptional reasoning skills, but they are a small percentage and they don’t represent the majority. This bill is aimed at getting the majority involved in voting.
Not fiscally responsible to allow a 16 year old to impact the finances of the state when they aren’t supporting themselves and have had no financial independence.