Next City: Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

This detailed feature story explores the push to lower the voting age to 16 and features voices of youth leaders, researchers, and elected officials. Story by James A. Anderson, Illustrations by Eleanor Barba.

Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board Application 2020-2021

Applications For the 2020-2021 Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board are now live! Read on for additional information, and click here to apply. The deadline is July 26, 2020.  The Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board is a group of young people from around the country who are...

Announcing the Vote16USA Multimedia Storytelling Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of the Vote16USA Multimedia Storytelling Contest! In a deep field of stellar submissions, these 10 stood out for their creative and compelling perspectives on lowering the voting age to 16. First Place: "Lowering the Voting Age"...

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...

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...

Data from Colorado Primary Makes Case for Lower Voting Age

Like data? New numbers from the Colorado presidential primary election on Super Tuesday show why age 18 is NOT the best time to begin voting if we want people to vote in their first election, building the habit. This year, for the first time, Colorado allowed...

How Old Do You Have To Be To Vote? These Teen Activists Are Changing The Game

Members of our Youth Advisory Board are interviewed by Elite Daily to find out more about why youth activists feel so strongly about lowering the voting age, and how it will benefit our democracy.

City Council Approves Petition to Lower Municipal Election Voting Age to 16

The Cambridge City Council approved an order that could potentially lower the voting age for Cambridge’s municipal elections.

Institute’s New Report Proposes Bold Reforms to Increase Voter Turnout

Based on Interviews with Newark Residents, Our Vote, Our Power: Lifting Up Democracy’s Voices in the Garden State Proposes 11 Policies Including Lowering the Voting Age; Mandatory Civics Classes; Restoring the Vote to Incarcerated People; Same Day Registration; Term Limits; Full-Time Legislature; and Eliminating the “Party Line.”

The 5 Greatest Vote16 Wins of 2019!

As the new year kicks off, let's look back at the top five wins for Vote16 in 2019. #1: 126 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Support Lowering the National Voting Age to 16 On March 8, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives held a vote on a proposed...

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Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board Application 2020-2021

Applications For the 2020-2021 Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board are now live! Read on for additional information, and click here to apply. The deadline is July 26, 2020.  The Vote16USA Youth Advisory Board is a group of young people from around the country who are...

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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...

read more

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...

read more

Data from Colorado Primary Makes Case for Lower Voting Age

Like data? New numbers from the Colorado presidential primary election on Super Tuesday show why age 18 is NOT the best time to begin voting if we want people to vote in their first election, building the habit. This year, for the first time, Colorado allowed...

read more

Institute’s New Report Proposes Bold Reforms to Increase Voter Turnout

Based on Interviews with Newark Residents, Our Vote, Our Power: Lifting Up Democracy’s Voices in the Garden State Proposes 11 Policies Including Lowering the Voting Age; Mandatory Civics Classes; Restoring the Vote to Incarcerated People; Same Day Registration; Term Limits; Full-Time Legislature; and Eliminating the “Party Line.”

read more

The 5 Greatest Vote16 Wins of 2019!

As the new year kicks off, let's look back at the top five wins for Vote16 in 2019. #1: 126 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Support Lowering the National Voting Age to 16 On March 8, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives held a vote on a proposed...

read more

We Need to Lower the Voting Age

While young people represent the least reliable voting demographic by age in the United States, 18 to 24-year-olds have a significant stake in both local and national elections. Youth voters will experience the long-term effects of policy, so increasing youth voter turnout should be a top priority for our government.

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Let’s Lower the Voting Age in City Elections

One idea to increase voter participation is gaining traction: Let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in city elections. The idea is more limited than proposals Congress debated earlier this year to lower the national voting age for federal elections.

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

Oliver York

16, San Francisco

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