Want to Save Democracy? Reduce the Voting Age

This piece published by Common Dreams argues that a lower voting age and stronger civics education can strengthen democracy in America.

Oakland Students Won the Right to Vote in School Board Elections

Teen Vogue chronicles work to lower the voting age in Oakland.

Oakland’s Measure QQ and the Future of Our Democracy

This KQED piece looks at the story of Measure QQ in Oakland, featuring interviews with many of the organizers leading the effort.

Youth vote advocates already looking toward the next election

The San Francisco Examiner talks with youth activists following the narrow defeat of Prop G.

ELECTION 2020: WHERE IS VOTE16 ON THE BALLOT?

Vote16 is on the ballot in 2020. Keep an eye on these five elections: San Francisco, Proposition G Prop G in San Francisco would lower the voting age to 16 for all local elections in the city. The measure was placed on the ballot after extensive advocacy from young...

More cities consider letting 16-year-olds vote in local elections

The Washington Post reports on the latest action in the Vote16 movement.

Voting at a Younger Age Can Fortify Our Democracy

Vote16 youth leader Arianna argues for lowering the voting age in this op-ed.

Learning by Voting: Students Want the Right to Make a Difference in Real Life

This in-depth feature story looks at campaigns to lower the voting age and other work to elevate youth voice in local government decision making.

Young people deserve a say in our future

Read this op-ed from youth organizer Jackie, published in the San Francisco Examiner.

California student activists push to lower voting age to advocate for change

EdSource covers youth-led work to lower the voting age in California cities.

March 12, 2020

Dear friend, I hope this note finds you well. I know we are all going through a stressful time, to say the least. In the midst of ongoing uncertainty, it’s been a bit of a respite to reflect on some positive news within the Vote16USA movement. I’m excited to share the...

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February 11, 2020

Dear friend, We launched Vote16USA in 2015 by publishing a white paper that outlined the research behind the idea of lowering the voting age, progress to date, and where it was most feasible to pursue advocacy. That paper, which ultimately...

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"16 year olds deal with peer pressure, gun violence, drugs, bullying and more. We're mature enough to rise above all of that, and we do have a voice."

Elijah Robinson

16, Washington, D.C.

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