WHAT’S NEW?

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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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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Political Movement Could See Voting Age Lowered to 16

Teens can’t exercise a basic civic duty, voting for candidates and policies of their choice, until they’re 18. For many teenagers, frustrated by government inaction over issues such as climate change and gun control, this is unacceptable.

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A Local Crusade To Lower The Voting Age

Brody is one of the many student activists in Massachusetts who spends his free time advocating for students’ rights. Today, one of the issues he is committed to is lowering the voting age in Massachusetts to 16 for municipal 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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