Voting age should not be lowered

Sixteen is much too young to decide the country’s future.

A recent proposal hosted by San Fransisco Officials will be voted on this November, lowering the municipal voting age from 18 to 16 years old, an extremely poor decision. Citizens under the age of 18 do not have the mental maturity to make the decisions that will govern their city.
This proposal is not the first of its kind. In 2016, an identical proposal from San Fransisco failed miserably with 52.6 percent of residents voting against it. This proposal is simply a tool in the hands of politicians to harness the momentum of hot issues such as Gun Control, LGBTQ Rights, and Climate Change, to gain the votes of younger voters.
Minors at age 16 are not capable of making rational decisions for one of the largest cities in the United States and tend to adopt their parents political beliefs without doing research and making conclusions of their own.
In a recent study conducted by The Annenberg Public Policy Center, a center for the study of public policy and communications, 36 percent of voting adults with high school degrees can not name the three branches of the United States Government. If this is the case for adults with even more schooling than minors, only half way through their high school education, why should San Fransisco let 16 year olds vote?
The average 16 year old is not focused on political issues and standings at their age, they hear what is washed up by clickbait headlines and biased media sources. However, a large percentage of the small group of 16 year olds that do care about their political standings are extremists.
Without full development of their decision making and emotional capacity, they become extremists on both the sides of the political spectrum. They observe topics from only the surface and can’t identify underlying factors and themes, and for this reason they should not be able to vote in local elections.
16 year olds also shouldn’t be making decisions for issues that do not apply to them. 16 year olds share very few legal rights, but at 16, they are not owners of cars, land, insurance, or homes. So why should they be able to vote on issues that will affect these things for everyone?
There is a serious lack of life experience that needs to be taken into account when considering a 16 year olds opinion. These are teenagers where most have lived in the same town their whole lives with their only struggles being grades and social standings. If such a change were to be made in a major city such as San Francisco, there is a possibility that a chain reaction would ensue and this would become a trend in other major cities.
In conclusion, the municipal voting age should not be changed to 16 years old and remain at the age of 18 years old.