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State Legislatures Consider Vote16

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.

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Oregon legislators float plan to lower voting age to 16

Several state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ask voters to amend the Oregon Constitution to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. Legislators held a press conference with high school students Monday at the Capitol to announce the legislation.

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#1 Debut Episode of Youth Saving Democracy

Youth Saving Democracy is podcast dedicated to promoting, assisting and empowering youth-led grassroots organizations and the policy agendas and candidates they champion. Host David Kromelow interviews Felix Brody of the March for Our Lives Boston Chapter and a leader in Vote16MA.

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Next steps for fostering civic engagement

On the heels of legislation enacted last fall aimed at promoting more civic engagement and civics education in Massachusetts schools, a group of 16- and- 17-year-olds is trying to push engagement one step further

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Students lobby for MA bill that could lower the voting age

The legislation, known as the EMPOWER Act, would grant cities and towns the power to extend voting rights to individuals as young as 16 for local elections. Earlier in the day, Rep. Andy Vargas, Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Sen. Harriette Chandler unveiled the proposal and spoke to the teenagers who came to the Statehouse to propose it.

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MASSACHUSETTS: HELP LOBBY FOR THE EMPOWER ACT

Calling all Massachusetts residents! A bill was just introduced in the MA state legislature that would allow cities and towns to lower the local voting age to 16 or 17 if the local government wishes to do so! Currently, cities and towns that wish to lower the local...

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

Oliver York

16, San Francisco

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