Kirchner is obviously desperate to find votes, but I'm curious about the long term effects of such a move. Note that Argentina is one of the countries that enforces compulsory voting, so it should be interesting to see what data this produces. According to El Pais (Spanish), the move is being described by Kirchner surrogates as a simple response to how much faster children mature nowadays. The article suggests (and previous commentary on that particular topic would likely agree) that it's directly tied to the Peronists efforts in cultivating what are described as "militancia juvenil" groups, which are hard to pin down in terms of what would be a good analogy without drawing direct comparisons to fascist youth groups that don't really describe the strange blend of populism, democracy, and demagoguery that characterizes the Peronist influence over the last half century. A small number of other countries have experimented with similar reductions without much dramatic happening, but I wonder if the context of Argentine politics and the political organizations the effort is linked to make for an altogether different recipe.