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Jak Xenon

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IntelligentDemocracy: The right to vote based on intelligence, not age!

We all understand why societies need some form of discrimination to function. (meaning [Recognition and understanding of the difference between one person and another] not its other definition [The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex.])

I'm going to talk about discrimination in voting systems.
Most people agree (sadly not all people) that allowing the right to vote based on Race, Religion, Culture, and similar things is simply unethical and morally wrong. But what about discrimination by age?

What does 'too young' actually mean? We wouldn't discriminate against race if someone was too black or too white. Why do we discriminate against age if people are too young! I suppose there are physical differences with age but they are not the same for everyone and what if somebody was to not grow physically but still had the brain capacities of an average person, would they be denied the right to vote? Of course not!

There is the difference of knowledge. If I would suggest that ten year olds should be able to vote an obvious response would be 'ten year olds aren't smart enough to vote." So, it's intellect, not age!

When we set arbitrary age barriers for voting we are actually saying 'by X years old you should be knowledgeable enough to vote' so why do we discriminate by age as a way of discriminating by intelligence? It's more morally decent to say if you are not smart enough to vote you cannot vote. why not have a test in all schools (testing political knowledge) after which you gain the ability to vote? And you can take the test whenever you want to. No age boundaries.

This is just an idea (I don't know if it already exists) Im calling it IntelligentDemocracy

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    Oct 27 2011: I just think in a democratic society, this limits the ability of "the people" to accurately vote on an issue.
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      Oct 27 2011: 'the people' should not include those who are mentally unable to make rational decision.
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        Oct 28 2011: Would you suggest that we adopt the Canadian policy of closing all bars on election days to prevent 'the natives' from being seduced by alcohol or voting while under the influence? Would you breathalyse people at the door of the polling station? Drug test them? Check their recent emotional history to ensure they haven't been destabilised by recent life events?
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          Oct 28 2011: thats too far, not to mention expensive. just a one-off test.

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