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Argentina lowers voting age to 16

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Argentina lowers voting age to 16:

BUENOS AIRES — President Cristina Fernandez on Thursday celebrated a new law that drops the voting age to 16, a move that could have a big influence in next year’s congressional elections.

The law that won final approval Wednesday evening expands “the rights of our young people so that they can use one of the most important weapons, the showing [of] their opinions at the voting booths,” Fernandez said.

The change adds 1.4 million young voters, expanding the electorate by close to five per cent.

The government has tried hard to court these voters. The ruling party and its allies control congress, but they lack the two-thirds majority in both houses needed to change the country’s constitution.

Opponents fear Fernandez could then eliminate term limits and rule indefinitely. She was re-elected in October 2011 with more than 54 per cent of the vote.

If her opponents can manage to hold on to enough seats in the House and Senate next year, they can prevent any constitutional changes until after her second term is over in 2015.

Despite rampant speculation about a “re-re-election,” Fernandez has kept both supporters and opponents in line by declining to define her plans.

Ruling party deputy Diana Conti, who presides over the lower chamber’s constitutional commission, ridiculed term limits as “stupid.”

“If the main thing is to alternate leaders and alternating means putting in someone inept, democracy and even civil society suffers,” Conti said in a radio interview Wednesday.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/world/Argentina+makes+voting+ruling+party+seeks+support/7484789/story.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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in Brazil you can vote with 17. it´s not that surprise for us and our neighbours...

anyway. Argentina is becoming to populist, they´re transforming the government in a giant comunist machine controled by the people of Buenos Aires. their debt is becoming higher and higher around the globe and Cristina still want create more problems with the Malvinas/Falkands question...

if the Argentinians don´t stop this another "Hugo Chaves" will come...

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What about the age of consent? Did they lower that at all?

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Anyone willing to bet that the 16 year old age group will have the lowest turnouts? lol

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Well we all know 16 year old's are way more mature these days.

This is a step in the right direction for Argentina. Drink at 12, having kids at 14, and voting at 16.

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Anyone willing to bet that the 16 year old age group will have the lowest turnouts? lol

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After working at a teen summer camp I think we should raise the voting age to 21.

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Well we all know 16 year old's are way more mature these days.

This is a step in the right direction for Argentina. Drink at 12, having kids at 14, and voting at 16.

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This will also be the case for the Scottish Referendum Vote...........I'm all for it.

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