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Should children vote? I argue that there are reasonable ways to give children the vote in an interview with CBC radio

December 14, 2014
Sound booth at the CBC Studio in Ottawa

This is the view inside the sound booth at CBC Ottawa where I did a radio interview for the program “The 180”. (The cup of water is mine!)

I make the case for giving children the vote in a radio interview broadcast on the CBC program “The 180”. The show is hosted by Jim Brown, whose subtle style and empathy with both me and his listeners is really quite impressive. Here is a link to the eight minute interview.

Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a producer on the show, nicely summarizes the main points on the program web page, but if you want more background on the voting scheme I describe—which involves giving custodial parents an extra vote for every child under their guardianship, and which is called Demeny Voting—check out the following posts.

  1. How to give children the vote
  2. Citizenship as a privilege or as a right? Should children be given the vote
  3. Should children be given the vote? Watch this TEDx talk

In fact, Demeny voting has a Wikipedia page, and you can get references to some of the underlying sources there as well as from the first of the above posts, which also points out that Paul Demeny (after whom the scheme is named) did an interview with CBC Radio in 2011.

 

 

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