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Kentucky lawmakers wants 16-year-olds to be eligible

“There is no magic age, by which someone is considered responsible,” he said. “There are 56-year-olds about whom we wonder ‘what were they thinking?’ And there are 16-year-olds who are very smart, very intelligent and very well informed about what’s going on.”

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It’s our future, so give us the vote

“The voting age should be 16, to give us more say over the long-term issues that most affect our futures. We are smart, mature and want to change the world. Please give us the chance.”

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Make it 16: a teenager on why we should lower the voting age

“If the voting age was lowered to 16, politicians would be far more likely to take youth opinions and issues seriously, as their votes (and their pay cheques) would rely on it. Unfortunately, right now the disheartening fact is that the youth voice is often ignored, all because we aren’t allowed to vote. Yet.”

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‘Voter Suppression?’ Proposal to Lower DC Voting Age Rejected

“Giving these youth the right to vote ensures that their voices are heard. The people who were [historically] allowed to vote were white men with property. As we’ve seen over the last 100 to 200 years, each group slowly but surely got their right to vote: white men who didn’t have property, black men, women, people 21 or under and then people 18 or younger.”

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DC Council suspends action on bill to lower voting age to 16

Lawmakers in DC voted to table the Youth Vote Amendment Act, a bill that would lower the voting age to 16 in the district for all elections. Council member Allen said the legislation is “not dead, but something has to change for the votes to bring it back.”

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I believe that voting should be the centerpiece of civic education.

Oliver York

16, San Francisco

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