Yesterday, the New York Times published an article on lowering the voting age. Lawmakers in various state and local jurisdictions, including New York City, have proposed allowing 16-year-olds to vote in certain elections. Proponents of lowering the voting age assert that it would create voters for life and improve turnout rates among the youngest voters.
While the Brennan Center does not take a position on the issue of voting age, more attention should be paid to our youngest voters, aged 18 to 24. Young voters are often highly mobile, and as a result, experience legal or administrative barriers to the ballot box. Learn more about the Brennan Center's work to eradicate these barriers to student voting here.
--Margaret Chen, Research Associate, Democracy Program