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Scotland recently lowered the voting age from 18 to 16, and that country's newest voters handled their civic responsibility with surprising thoughtfulness and maturity. Many are arguing that the same should be done here in the States, and, as the American voting population ages, adding youth to our nation's electorate would be a positive thing and not necessarily encourage radicalism (Scottish teenagers surprised everyone in that country's recent independence vote by showing less support for the dramatic step of independence than their elders, at least through late pre-vote polling).

By the same token, the minimum age to make a Federal campaign contribution (currently zero and widely abused) should be raised to 16. The Supreme Court struck down a 2002 attempt to square the donor minimum age with the voter minimum age of 18 (and needless to say the current Court would be even less likely to add a campaign finance restriction), but voting and donating should have the same restrictions and the issue should be revisited.

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