VOTE16 LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS
On February 4, legislation was introduced in Congress proposing a Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age to 16 nationwide. The legislation, H.J.Res.23, was introduced by Rep. Grace Meng of New York, along with 17 original co-sponsors. When the same legislation was introduced in the previous congressional session, it had one original co-sponsor on the day of introduction and picked up a total of nine throughout the session.
It is amazing to see so many members of Congress signal their support for Vote16 today, including long-time champions like Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA). The bill is also backed by an impressive list of organizations, including Generation Citizen, GenVote, and Rock the Vote.
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The original co-sponsors are:
- Rep. Grace Meng (NY)
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR)
- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR)
- Rep. Jamaal Bowman (NY)
- Rep. Sean Casten (IL)
- Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY)
- Rep. Jesus “Chuy” García (IL)
- Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL)
- Rep. Mondaire Jones (NY)
- Rep. Kai Kahele (HI)
- Rep. Barbara Lee (CA)
- Rep. Jim McGovern (MA)
- Rep. Seth Moulton (MA)
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY)
- Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA)
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL)
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI)
- Rep. Lori Trahan (MA)
The organizations endorsing the legislation are:
- Rock the Vote
Next Up Action Fund
National Youth Rights Association
- Generation Vote
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