One day I saw a news about the 5.9 election. There was an interview talking about a freshman who was not able to participate in the election since her birthday was after May 10th. It was very strange for me because she must have the same level of consciousness as her friends had. From this point, I got interested in the voting age of Korea. Then I noticed that the lowering the voting age was one of serious topics debated now in Korea.
I found that some people argue about the negative aspects of lowering the voting age. People opposing the extension of the voting age claim teenagers do not have sufficient ability to consider about the society. They say the teenagers are still dependent to the adults and they cannot make the decision for themselves.
On the other hand, people who are sided with lowering the voting age claims that teenagers are ready to vote. For them, teenagers can make decisions independently from their teachers or parents because their ability to make political decision is developed through school curriculums, society, and the media. They claim that if the country limits one’s voting rights even though the person has the ability to make political decisions, it violates the equal rights and the political rights of the person.
Personally, I agree with lowering the voting age, however I support with different aspects. I would like to appeal for the positive possibilities the change possesses. First, participating in the election would make the current students more interested in political issues and many social problems by taking part in the politics and broadening their perspectives. The teenagers can form convictions and learn about becoming democratic citizens through their voting rights.
Next, political participation in youth politics and activities can develop into a desirable political position for adults. The current politics is biased towards the adults, which means the politics is usually adult oriented. Consequently, youth’s perspective is ignored most of the times. If the voting age is extended, opinions of the youth will be more applied for the current politics, starting a new wave in the stagnant Korean politics. Within all of the reasons mentioned previously, I believe lowering the voting age will make positive change in the Korean society.
Seo Dong-keun firstname.lastname@example.org
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