Idea for voting change would skewer liberal Dems
Regarding Ross Douthat’s column, “Voting power to the parents could solve some problems,” Douthat once favored allowing 16-year-olds to vote; now he favors so-called Demeny voting: allowing parents to cast votes on behalf of their minor children. Both these voting approaches are improbable and unwise, prone to increase votes from those most likely to seek more government benefits. Witness the beliefs and activities common among many high school and college students; perhaps the voting age should be moved from 18 to at least 25, if not 30 – and exclude anyone still living with their parents. One thing Demeny voting would change: Democratic politicians would become torn about being pro-abortion, vacillating between abortion support and the desire for their natural female constituents to produce more immediate votes for the party.
GREGORY MARSHALL, MARIETTA