Asked • 06/07/19

Age-weighted democracy - is it possible?

A pure democracy gives equal voting rights for voters in the society regardless of their demographics (age, gender, or ethnicity). However, in many referendums, younger voters have a different say from older people, and the there may be a true differential impact of the referendum result on people from different generations (e.g., Brexit). For example, a result of 'Yes' in a referendum could be overall beneficial for older, more conservative people while being in the same time harmful for more ambitious younger generations who have longer life expectancy. In a democratic political system, can votes be weighted by life expectancy based on voters' age? Or would this be considered age discrimination?

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Geffre J. answered • 06/08/19

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