Liberal Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe wants to let 16 year olds vote because he thinks they have “far better BS detectors” than adults.
Tribe claimed that arguments against 16 year olds having the right to vote are similar to arguments against letting black people or women vote.
“Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older. Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16?” Tribe asked on Twitter. “Just a pipe dream, I know, but . . . #Children’sCrusade?”
Tribe dismissed a Twitter follower who suggested that children might not be able to exercise the independent judgement required for informed voting.
“Isn’t that just a case for much better K-12 education? Your argument echoes the one made in 1870 against giving former slaves the right to vote, in 1920 against giving women the vote, in 1971 against giving 18-year-olds the vote,” Tribe wrote.
Scientific research has shown that the decision-making part of people’s brains typically don’t fully mature until around age 25.
Tribe was once a respected constitutional law professor but has since become known for spreading baseless conspiracy theories about President Trump and Russia.