My name is Cooper Davis, and I am 9 years old. I have been following the Louisiana Senate race. When I see my parents leave to vote, I say, “Why can’t I vote?” It turns out you have to be 18 years old or older to vote. I think that’s wrong and that kids should be able to vote, too. I think this because kids are a large part of the U.S. population and have definite ideas about what we like about politicians. Also, if we could vote, it could make a big difference in our elections. Politicians would have to pay attention to what kids want, too. For example, we want good schools and good jobs when we grow up.

Just so you know that we are paying attention, I have picked my favorite Senate candidate, Mary Landrieu. Bill Cassidy wants to make health care more expensive for seniors, and he doesn’t want poor people to have health care through “Obamcare.” When I broke my arm, I was really glad I had good doctors and physical therapy. Poor kids shouldn’t have to hurt or not get care just because their parents can’t afford insurance.

I think I also should be able to vote for other elected leaders like the president of the United States. I’m a Democrat, but I still respect Republicans. I think they should work together more so we can make a stronger political community.

Cooper Davis

student

Baton Rouge