Resource Hub


Looking for information on extending voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds for local elections? You’re in the right place. Find popular resources here, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for.

Vote16USA and Other Resources

Vote16USA Fact Sheet
A one-page introduction to the Vote16USA initiative and the issue of lowering the voting age

“Young Voices at the Ballot Box: Advancing Efforts to Lower the Voting Age”
Vote16USA’s comprehensive white paper on the issue

Why lower the voting age?
Four of the best reasons to lower the voting age in local elections

Action Toolkit
A guide to start advocating for Vote16 in your city

Field Guide: Best practices from previous local campaigns
Learn what made previous Vote16 efforts successful

Talking Points
Get prepared to speak about the issue. This material is frequently updated. Send us a message to request the latest talking points resource. 

FairVote Resources
An excellent compilation of resources from FairVote, which played a vital role in the successful push to lower the voting age in Takoma Park

Padlet Site
Even more resources for you to use such as other city campaign documents, training materials, and templates for campaign planning

Academic Studies

‌‌  “In Defense of Lowering the Voting Age,” an essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review
       ‣  A Rutgers study finding that 16- and 17-year-olds are ready to vote

 An Austrian study found that 16- and 17-year-olds voted just as responsibly as older voters
 A study from Denmark shows that turnout is higher among those who can vote at a younger age
The Vote16USA white paper cites several other academic studies that demonstrate the benefits of lowering the voting age

Reports that have Recommended Lowering the Voting Age

 “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement,” the 2013 report of the Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, led by CIRCLE
 “Next Generation Blueprint for 2016,” from the Roosevelt Institute