Lowering the voting age is a bold idea to strengthen our democracy. Research from this country and others suggests that lowering the voting age can improve voter turnout, spur civic engagement, and encourage effective civic education.

For more details on the reasons to lower the voting age and the most relevant research on the topic, check out Vote16USA’s white paper, “Young Voices at the Ballot Box: Advancing Efforts to Lower the Voting Age.”

Voting Age in Other Countries

Countries around the world have voting ages lower than 18.

"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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