Where are young people and elected officials working to lower the voting age? In so many places across the country! In addition to action in areas where cities have the authority to lower the voting age on the local level (like California and Maryland), we’re seeing an increase in state-level legislation being considered in states from coast to coast. Read on for more details on bills that are in the works or have been recently introduced in state legislatures. Want to get involved in any of these efforts? Reach out today!
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- Assemblymember Evan Low reintroduced a State Constitutional amendment that would allow 17 year olds vote.
- California is already one of a dozen states that pre-registers 16 and 17 year olds, automatically adding them to the voter rolls on their 18th birthday!
- An Act Concerning the Voting Age for Local Elections, introduced by Rep. Christopher Ziogas, would lower the voting age to 16 for local elections in Connecticut.
- Fun fact: Connecticut was among first states to ratify the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 nationally.
- A bill recently introduced Sen. Stanley Change and Sen. Karl Rhoads would lower the voting age to 16 statewide. The bill would have to pass the State Legislature before being placed on the ballot the following year for voters to decide. Check out Vote16HI for more information!
- Sen. Reggie Thomas introduced a bill that would lower the voting age to 16 for local elections.
- Fun fact: Kentucky was the second state to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 in 1955, before the 26th Amendment made the voting age 18 nationwide!
- The EMPOWER Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Vargas, Rep. Dylan Fernandes, and Sen. Harriette Chandle,r would allow cities to lower their local voting ages without needing to get state approval in the form of a home rule petition.
- An Act Relative to Age Requirements in Local Elections, introduced by Rep. Sean Garballey, would lower the voting age to 16 in all local elections in Massachusetts.
- Last summer, Sen. David Kneezek and Rep. Yousef Rabhi introduced bills that would lower the voting age to 16 in Michigan. The bill would have to be approved by both chambers of the Michigan State House to change the state’s constitution.
- Sen. Anna Wishart intends to propose a state constitutional amendment that would lower the voting age statewide to 16.
- In 2018, the Youth Progressive Policy Group worked with Assemblymember Bobby Carroll to write the Young Voter Act, which would lower the voting age to 17 in the state of New York, add additional civic education requirements to the New York State high school curriculum, and provide for high school voter registration.
- Rep. Marvin Nelson is planning to introduce a state constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 16 statewide in North Dakota to encourage more voter turnout.
- Sen. Shemia Fagan introduced a bill on Presidents Day that would amend Oregon’s constitution to allow 16 year olds to vote statewide. The bill is backed by the Bus Project, a local organization under the Alliance for Youth Action.
- Delegate Sam Rosoul introduced four bills in an election reform package, including one that would allow 16 year olds to register and vote in local elections.