Grace Meng has proposed new legislation in the House of Representatives that would lower the national voting age to 16 years old.
The voting age in the United States has not been changed since 1971.
I am a firm believer that we should empower our young people and that includes extending the right to vote for 16- and 17-year-olds,” said Meng. “Voting is a serious responsibly. But I believe that our youth are mature enough at these ages to responsibly cast a ballot. Over the past year, we have seen a huge wave of inspirational and passionate activism by students from all across the country. Students are demanding change on issues such as gun safety, climate change, and healthcare. They deserve to have their voices heard at the ballot box and to have a say in the change for which they’re vigorously advocating. It’s clear to me that they should be allowed to vote.”
“16- and 17-year-olds are legally permitted to work and they pay federal income tax on their earnings,” Meng added. “They are legally permitted to drive motor vehicles, and if they commit crimes they are tried as adults. I think it is only fair to allow them the right to vote as well.”
Meng’s legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it is awaiting further action.
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