Young Voices at the Ballot Box

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Lowering the Voting Age for Local Elections in 2017 and Beyond

Most would agree that American democracy needs a shot in the arm. Around 60 percent of eligible citizens usually vote for president, fewer than 25 percent vote in most Mayoral elections, and public trust in government is at an historic low.

We need bold, innovative solutions to spark participation in politics and ensure that elected officials honestly represent the interests of their constituents. One possibility, which has been gaining momentum and deserves a prominent place in the “solution bank,” is extending voting rights to 16- and 17-year olds in local elections…

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