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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, updated January 2017
“Lowering the Voting Age in Takoma Park and Hyattsville, MD: A Case Study”
Vote16USA’s report on the early effects of the lower voting age in these pioneering cities.
Get prepared to speak about the issue – main talking points and evidence, addressing counterarguments, and things to avoid
Why lower the voting age?
Four of the best reasons to lower the voting age in local elections
A guide to start advocating for Vote16 in your city
History of efforts to lower the voting age in the U.S.
Learn about previous city and state level efforts
‣ A Rutgers study finding that 16- and 17-year-olds are ready to vote
‣ A forthcoming law review article on the legal foundations of local efforts to lower the voting age and other efforts to expand voting rights on the local level (Note: this article is still in draft form – do not cite without permission from the author)
‣ 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