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If teens made the laws

November 07, 2006|by TESSA WALLS

Do you know what today is? Another school day canceled because teachers want a break? Big Foot took over the world?

Think again. Students do not have school today because of Election Day.

Many teenagers are oblivious to why they get a free day but could really care less. The main reason? Teenagers don't think elections matter to them. In order to vote, a person must be 18 or older.

Teenagers today do not seem to take a big part in politics. Sure, everyone has opinions about who is running for office and what they believe in, but teenagers seem to think that politics are about nothing but fun. Although if teenagers today had more of a say in what laws took place, they would probably think a little bit differently when Election Day rolled around.

Teenagers are all about growing up and getting their drivers' license. Most are probably not aware that government officials are the ones that decide when teenagers should legally drive. If teenagers could make the laws, they would unquestionably change some, such as the law that says teenagers can not drive other minors in their car. Teenagers would also change the curfew and drive around at all times of the day and night.

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Along with raising the curfew hours, teenagers would demand a change in the drinking age to 16 so they could party all night with their friends. Surely, there might also be a few that would erase the law of stealing, so they could take any cars, televisions, food or electronics they set their eyes on.

Teenagers would run wild if they were in control of the laws. The world would be utter chaos. Sure, it would be fun to do whatever we wanted to, but would it make society stronger?

Well, that's the power of Election Day - the power to select the people who make laws in our county, state and nation.

Hopefully, you do not think Election Day is just one of those holidays you get off school for. Government officials limit how much teenagers should be allowed to do. Voters elect government officials.

In the next presidential election, two years from today, many teenagers will be able to vote. Get involved in politics, find out what each candidate believes in, and talk to your parents about who they vote for. You might not be able to vote now, but you will be soon. You should at least know what your elected representatives stand for.

Who knows, maybe one day the voting age will be lowered, and teenagers can make a difference in what happens in their lives.

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