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Vote16USA is a national campaign, organized by Generation Citizen, that aims to support efforts to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-old on the local level, help start new local campaigns, and elevate the issue’s prominence on a national level.

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MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts

This report from MassINC suggests various structural reforms local and state governments can make to be more democratic and representative. Two key changes are making improvements to civics education and lowering the voting age.

We Need to Lower the Voting Age

While young people represent the least reliable voting demographic by age in the United States, 18 to 24-year-olds have a significant stake in both local and national elections. Youth voters will experience the long-term effects of policy, so increasing youth voter turnout should be a top priority for our government.

Let’s Lower the Voting Age in City Elections

One idea to increase voter participation is gaining traction: Let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in city elections. The idea is more limited than proposals Congress debated earlier this year to lower the national voting age for federal elections.

Too Young to Vote? NJ Teens Say they Should Have a Say at 16

Almost a half-century after the U.S. lowered the voting age to 18 amid the war in Vietnam, young activists are pushing for the franchise to be expanded yet again — this time as low as 16 years old.

“I am more than aware of the raw power that comes from the ideas of students.”

Melina Fike

Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board and Vote16Berkeley Leader