Victorian MP, Evan Thornley, has an intriguing proposition to give households with children more votes; basically, have a child and until they are 18 you get an extra vote. I have said before that the case for not letting children vote is weak.
Thornley is assuming alot in his ‘delegated’ proposal. The first is that two parents might agree on how their children should vote. The second is that giving votes to others is something we should feel uncomfortable about. My belief is that children over the age of, at least, 16 but probably 13 are capable of the cognition required for voting. We should no more take away their votes than we would for someone at the other end of their lives that has become dependent. So I think we should go the whole way and consider increasing the franchise directly.
Andrew Norton wonders if families are really underestimated in voting. By sheer logic, under-representation must be true if children do not have explicit representation. But Norton concludes with a similar view to my own.