Monday, April 11, 2005

Lower the voting age

PUBLICATION: The Ottawa Citizen
DATE: 2005.04.11
EDITION: Final
SECTION: News
PNAME: Letters
PAGE: A11
BYLINE: Peggy Bond
SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen

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Lower the voting age

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Re: Here are a couple of ways we can aim for better local government, April 2.

Ontario students have a compulsory civics course in Grade 10, which would be much more meaningful if they were soon eligible to vote, rather than several years later. They take driver education when they are ready to drive, not in elementary school with the idea this information will come in handy when they get older.

If students knew they could exercise their franchise in the near future, they might be more attentive. They'd also be eager to develop the voting habit because they would have just learned how it all works.

Peggy Bond,

Portland

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