Vote16USA is a national campaign, organized by Generation Citizen, that aims to support efforts to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-old on the local level, help start new local campaigns, and elevate the issue’s prominence on a national level.
A representative travelled across Australia to answer the question, “What would Australia look like if Australian’s had a say? This article reflects on why students skipping class to walk out across the country. A hint: They want to be heard.
Citizen Engagement held a public hearing on the lowering the voting age, but the committee was not ready to report back on the matter. Ordinance tabled the matter for one week as the wait for the report.
“There is no magic age, by which someone is considered responsible,” he said. “There are 56-year-olds about whom we wonder ‘what were they thinking?’ And there are 16-year-olds who are very smart, very intelligent and very well informed about what’s going on.”
“The voting age should be 16, to give us more say over the long-term issues that most affect our futures. We are smart, mature and want to change the world. Please give us the chance.”