Died In Committee on 06/26/21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SJR25
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/SRULES/Overview
This bill allows 16-year-old children the right to vote. They are a protected class of citizen and cannot have their signature or birthdate verified.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
High school sophomores don’t have adult brain development to make good judgment no matter how smart they are.
Good judgment isn’t something teens can excel in. The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t developed until early 20’s and isn’t completely developed until age 25 or so. In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part.