Should 16-year-olds get vote and over-70s lose it?

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THE SNP’s younger and wilder ele­ments are ap­par­ently claim­ing on so­cial me­dia that over-70s should be banned from vot­ing, pre­sum­ably as they are too old and the fu­ture be­longs to the young. As I am in that older age group, I would like to sug­gest a so­lu­tion. Why not have a com­pul­sory IQ and gen­eral knowledge test of the 16year-olds and the over-70s? Those pass­ing would be el­i­gi­ble to vote.

ALExAN­DER MckAY, Ed­in­burgh.

A POLL says 47 per cent of 16 to 34-year-olds want to abol­ish some

vot­ing rights for the over-70s. On that ba­sis, Jeremy Cor­byn is on the scrapheap. What life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence will 16-year-olds draw on if they vote?

DAN HARTLEY, Soli­hull, W. Mids.

I AM hor­ri­fied some young­sters think peo­ple of my age should be de­nied a vote. They have stereo­typed us as a group with views that are not rel­e­vant to the mod­ern world when, in fact, we thought of the younger gen­er­a­tion when we voted in the ref­er­en­dum. I re­mem­ber dis­miss­ing my par­ents’

SU­SAN FELLA, En­field, Mid­dle­sex.

old-fash­ioned at­ti­tudes un­til I re­alised their be­liefs were based on their life ex­pe­ri­ences.

IF 16-YEAR-OLDS get the vote, will they no longer be asked for ID to buy cig­a­rettes and al­co­hol? Will they be named in court if they com­mit a crime? You can’t have it both ways.

DAVID HUGHES, Pre­ston, Lancs.

STOP­PING the over-70s vot­ing would have one enor­mous ben­e­fit — it would wipe out most of the House of Lords.

HE­LEN ROWLAND, Har­wich, Es­sex.

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