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ARGENTINA LOWERS VOTING AGE BECAUSE PRESIDENT FERNANDEZ WANTS THE VOTES
November 2 2012
Buenos Aries, Argentina – For most people who have the vote, just having it is a significant right. Some people certainly don’t utilize their power to vote and perhaps even take it for granted but all, at least in the abstract, recognize that it is a particular privilege that not everyone around the world has.
Because it is such a privilege, almost sacred, it has always been a limited thing. All countries around the world put restrictions on who had the right to vote and who does not. Non-citizens, for example, cannot vote, nor can criminals in most countries. That speaks to how important the whole process is to many people, one that cannot be manipulated by outside or troublesome forces.
That need for a strong and solid vote is also why most countries have age limitations on being able to cast a ballot. After all a vote really has less meaning if it is not conducted with a clear and thoughtful consideration of just what a person is voting for, something people under 18 can sometimes be limited in. In Argentina, though, lawmakers have a different view of things and have decided to lower the voting age to 16 in large part because the embattled President really, really wants their votes.
“The government believes that the more politically active young people will vote for the ruling party. The 2013 elections are very important to install the possibility of changing the law to allow Fernandez to run again,” said Argentine political analyst Carlos Fara.s
The Lower House in Argentina approved the change 131-2.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has actively courted the support of young people since the start and reducing the voting age could well allow a shift that would allow her to seek a third term in 2015.
“As popular as Fernandez is outside of Argentina, inside she has been suffering a great deal of erosion in recent years. The trouble she is having with the U.K. and the Falklands as well as economic trouble have all kind of come crashing down on her recently and made it very tough to govern the country effectively and so a change to the constitution of the country to allow her to run again would have been a tough proposition, previously,” said Scrape TV South American analyst Walter Pereira. “Now though she has a real chance, having this massive new pool of voters. Obviously not everyone is going to vote for the change but it could well be enough. Most young people don’t really know her all that well and will just vote because she is popular and that will certainly help.”
Fernandez has not committed to running in 2015 should the law change, but she’s going to, obviously she’s going to.
“There is a reason why we don’t allow, in most countries, younger people to vote and that reason is avery good one. They just don’t have the experience or investment in things to make a clear choice and are easily influenced by popularity, which is why so many young people have sex and drink alcohol, they are easily coerced,” continued Pereira. “Clearly that is something Fernandez is relying upon in order to retain power because even if this thing does sneak through, the way things are going people aren’t going to elect her to another term, or at least they wouldn’t have. Now, who knows.”
Fernandez will likely shake her political money maker to influence those younger voters, likely already having scored the male voters.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent