Bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in...

Bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in New Mexico primaries moves ahead

There are 17 comments on the El Paso Times story from Feb 5, 2013, titled Bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in New Mexico primaries moves ahead. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

A portion of 17-year-olds would be allowed to vote in primary elections under a bill that advanced Tuesday in the New Mexico Legislature.

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artur

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 5, 2013
There should be a bill allowing comatose octogenarians to vote by proxy.

That way we could get a higher caliber of voters than the seventeen -year- old dolts in this state.

Since: Aug 08

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#2 Feb 6, 2013
OY, really? Anyone who has never had to exclusively support themselves really shouldn't have a say in government. Ok, sigh, I'm ready....slam away.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#3 Feb 7, 2013
A stupid bill with no purpose other than to buy votes.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#4 Feb 7, 2013
It has its merits. It would only apply to those who will be 18 when the election date comes.

One does wonder what is so magical about an arbitrary number that one day before it means you can't vote.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#5 Feb 7, 2013
Why do we continue to make excuses and workarounds to bypass the laws we create instead of simply accepting and complying? Are we not capable of giving in depth thought to laws before we create them? Not saying that some change at times isn't a good thing but damn... Always pushing the envelope and usually biting ourselves on the butt when we do.

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#6 Feb 7, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
Why do we continue to make excuses and workarounds to bypass the laws we create instead of simply accepting and complying? Are we not capable of giving in depth thought to laws before we create them? Not saying that some change at times isn't a good thing but damn... Always pushing the envelope and usually biting ourselves on the butt when we do.
I think your previous post hit it perfectly. It's about votes. We all know that there has been a huge push for "young" people to vote. That's all fine and dandy but there is a crap load of these "young" people who shouldn't even be allowed to..........never mind. These days, I would support pushing the voting age UP not down!

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#7 Feb 7, 2013
Just left of right wrote:
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I think your previous post hit it perfectly. It's about votes. We all know that there has been a huge push for "young" people to vote. That's all fine and dandy but there is a crap load of these "young" people who shouldn't even be allowed to..........never mind. These days, I would support pushing the voting age UP not down!
Agreed, and for the most part the younger generation tend to be of the entitlement mentality (in general) and as such will tend to vote with a more liberal (not a political agenda) attitude. Many have no concept of WTH is going on around them because many of them are existing in a cloud of euphoria caused by <fill in the blank>.

Not saying there are no smart people amongst them but...

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#8 Feb 7, 2013
Let me add to that, that there are a lot of adults who are more uninformed than our youth too, however we made a cutoff for a reason, and I see no good reason to change that.

Since: Aug 08

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#9 Feb 8, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
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Agreed, and for the most part the younger generation tend to be of the entitlement mentality (in general) and as such will tend to vote with a more liberal (not a political agenda) attitude. Many have no concept of WTH is going on around them because many of them are existing in a cloud of euphoria caused by <fill in the blank>.
Not saying there are no smart people amongst them but...
Agreed and well stated!
Hagar

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Feb 8, 2013
Using age as a qualification to vote is just a simple way of attempting to judge whether a person is mature enough to have the responsibility of voting. Simple solutions are rarely a good solution, especially if the problem is complex, as is determining maturity and ability to reason. Courts would strike down educational qualifications, or being tested for competency in understanding the electoral and political system, so the simple minded politicians used age as a qualification and hoped for the best. We have seen how that worked out!
artur

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Feb 8, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
A stupid bill with no purpose other than to buy votes.
We have a constitutional republic.

Or at least we had been given that.

Since the early 19th century we have been persuaded to
move towards democracy.

They are not the same.

Unless the American public rubs the sleep from its eyes,
the Art and Beauty of its Founders will atrophy, as beauty is wont to do.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#12 Feb 9, 2013
artur wrote:
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We have a constitutional republic.
Or at least we had been given that.
Since the early 19th century we have been persuaded to
move towards democracy.
They are not the same.
Unless the American public rubs the sleep from its eyes,
the Art and Beauty of its Founders will atrophy, as beauty is wont to do.
And your point is???
he tries

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Feb 9, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
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And your point is???
to justify his purchase of a thesaurus by trying to impress his selves.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#14 Feb 9, 2013
he tries wrote:
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to justify his purchase of a thesaurus by trying to impress his selves.
A course in assembling a coherent sentence and articulating such would serve him much better.
gossamer

Warren, MI

#15 Feb 9, 2013
ALl them anchor babies. I wonder how many there are.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#16 Feb 9, 2013
SO, would you suggest a test to determine voter eligibility? You do know what happened the last time, don't you?
hillary

Los Alamos, NM

#17 Feb 11, 2013
artur wrote:
There should be a bill allowing comatose octogenarians to vote by proxy.
That way we could get a higher caliber of voters than the seventeen -year- old dolts in this state.
They already do vote that way, and our governor tried signing her hubby up illegally, too.

Law says 18, it's a civil right, it shoudl stay a civil right, but only at 18, no matter what the legislature says.

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