Young people in Massachusetts are working to advocate for 16-year-old voting in Massachusetts on multiple levels. Most prominently, the EMPOWER Act is a bill in the state legislature that would make it easier for cities and towns to lower the voting age on the local level. In addition, several cities and towns have sent or are working to send home rule petitions to the state legislature seeking approval to implement 16-year-old voting on the local level, which is the process dictated by current state laws. As of January 2020, nine cities and towns have approved of 16-year-old voting on the local level and are waiting for the state legislature to allow local governments to actually implement the change that has been approved by city councils or town meetings.
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