May 22, 2013
'There’s nothing wrong in trying to conquer the youth vote,' Fernández
Victory Front’s Senator Aníbal Fernández came on stage to, once again, back the government’s draft bill to lower the voting age to 16, and said that those already saying tha people between ages of 16 and 18 are not prepare to vote are just promoting a “stupid speech.”
During a TV interview, the former cabinet chief, indicated that if the bill gets passed, “it will make some 700,000 citizens between the ages of 16 and 18 eligible to vote starting on next year’s mid-term elections.”
Likewise, Fernández remarked that “there’s nothing wrong in trying to conquer that sector’s vote, that’s what politics are for. Plus, all political forces need to create critic masses to follow them.
Kids are not stupid. Furthermore, they are not independent, politically speaking. Actually no one is independent. You have to be with one side or the other. May be you don’t want to be with either of them but that does not make one independent from what’s going on.”
The proposal, put forward by the national government is set to be debated in Congress this week.