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Great! More 18 year olds to vote against guns?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by OLDNEWBIE, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    SALEM — The Oregon House on Tuesday approved a measure backed by Democrats that would allow teenagers to register to vote when they turn 16 and get their driver’s license.

    The teens wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot until their 18th birthday, but proponents hope the measure would increase participation among younger voters. As registered voters, they’d automatically get a ballot in the mail before the first election in which they’re eligible to vote.




    “This bill would greatly enhance our ability to engage the young people who we so desperately need in our democracy,” said Rep. Ben Unger, of Hillsboro, a freshman Democrat and political consultant who was one the measure’s chief sponsors.

    Lawmakers rejected a Republican counter-proposal that would have prohibited minors from joining political parties. It also would have kept their contact information private from campaigns, political parties and others that collect data from voter rolls.

    Political parties would begin reaching out to 15-year-olds trying to persuade them to join on their 16th birthday when they get their driver’s license and register to vote, said Rep. Wally Hicks, R-Grants Pass.

    “Fifteen is just too young to be involved in partisan politics,” Hicks said.




    Democrats said the ritual of going to the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services office shortly after turning 16 provides the state a unique opportunity to connect with young people. The state won’t get another opportunity to reach those voters at the DMV until their license expires when they turn 24, Unger said.

    Republican Rep. Bob Jenson, of Pendleton, joined all 34 Democrats in supporting the measure, which was approved on a 35-25 vote. It now goes to the Senate, where Democrats also have a majority.
     
  2. nwbobber

    nwbobber Longview, Wa. Active Member

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    Perhaps they will vote to support gun rights. I don't see what you have to be afraid of in increased voter participation. Maybe you should take a kid shooting today.
     
  3. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Your right that it might backfire on the Dems one day but as it stands now the government schools have the minds of most of them brainwashed to their way of seeing the world.
     
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  4. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    This is why you should take kids shooting in a responsible setting. It takes away the "scary bits" and you may find a few good shooters who enjoy it in a competitive setting. It can take away some fear of the unknown with some parents too.
     
  5. Tug

    Tug Seattle Member

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    I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing. But the first thing they should be taught is that we don't live in a democracy. We live in a constitutional republic
     
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  6. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Dems want this as younger voters tend to be liberal and will vote for the Democratic party. It could be good for the pro gun agenda as many have been playing video games and want to own these cool guns. It could also have an effect on the next vote to legalize pot.
     
  7. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    nope, its the dems way of getting kids to pick a party while they are still in school and being brain washed by their liberal teachers. the dems hope they wll pick dem as that is what they are told in school and wont change their minds when they are 18 and not being brain washed anymore.
     
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  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes but think about this at 16 they are still in their parents homes and if things like Firearms rights and other conservetive values are important in the parents home it will hold a lot more sway then when they are off to college with the dope smoking college proffs and only their peers to hold sway over their opinions.
     
  9. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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  10. ARKLITE881South

    ARKLITE881South USA Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you on this 100%, they are trying to broaden their voting blocks with youth, then, as they get older are even more embedded in their liberal , left thinking. does this smell more and more like communism all the time? Get them while they are young, they'll do anything you demand in the future.