Want to Save Democracy? Reduce the Voting Age

This piece published by Common Dreams argues that a lower voting age and stronger civics education can strengthen democracy in America.

Oakland Students Won the Right to Vote in School Board Elections

Teen Vogue chronicles work to lower the voting age in Oakland.

Oakland’s Measure QQ and the Future of Our Democracy

This KQED piece looks at the story of Measure QQ in Oakland, featuring interviews with many of the organizers leading the effort.

Youth vote advocates already looking toward the next election

The San Francisco Examiner talks with youth activists following the narrow defeat of Prop G.

ELECTION 2020: WHERE IS VOTE16 ON THE BALLOT?

Vote16 is on the ballot in 2020. Keep an eye on these five elections: San Francisco, Proposition G Prop G in San Francisco would lower the voting age to 16 for all local elections in the city. The measure was placed on the ballot after extensive advocacy from young...

More cities consider letting 16-year-olds vote in local elections

The Washington Post reports on the latest action in the Vote16 movement.

Voting at a Younger Age Can Fortify Our Democracy

Vote16 youth leader Arianna argues for lowering the voting age in this op-ed.

Learning by Voting: Students Want the Right to Make a Difference in Real Life

This in-depth feature story looks at campaigns to lower the voting age and other work to elevate youth voice in local government decision making.

Young people deserve a say in our future

Read this op-ed from youth organizer Jackie, published in the San Francisco Examiner.

California student activists push to lower voting age to advocate for change

EdSource covers youth-led work to lower the voting age in California cities.

ELECTION 2020: WHERE IS VOTE16 ON THE BALLOT?

Vote16 is on the ballot in 2020. Keep an eye on these five elections: San Francisco, Proposition G Prop G in San Francisco would lower the voting age to 16 for all local elections in the city. The measure was placed on the ballot after extensive advocacy from young...

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Developmental Science Supports Lowering the Voting Age to 16

Developmental Science Supports Lowering the Voting Age to 16 Two years ago, we saw high schoolers in Parkland, Florida, lead efforts calling for gun control reform in the wake of the mass shooting. Last year, sixteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg as well as other...

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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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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...

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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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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. House of Reps Vote on Lowering Voting Age

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2019 CONTACT Brandon Klugman, Vote16USA Campaign Manager bklugman@generationcitizen.org (952) 836-7172 126 MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SUPPORT LOWERING VOTING AGE TO 16 IN HISTORIC VOTE ON HOUSE FLOOR WASHINGTON, D.C. --...

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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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"16 year olds deal with peer pressure, gun violence, drugs, bullying and more. We're mature enough to rise above all of that, and we do have a voice."

Elijah Robinson

16, Washington, D.C.

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