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House rejects bid to lower federal voting age to 16

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/3/2021 Susan Ferrechio
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The House on Wednesday rejected a measure to lower the nation’s voting age to 16.

Lawmakers voted 125-302 to reject an amendment proposed by Rep. Ayanna Pressley to lower the mandatory minimum voting age for federal elections. Voters must be 18 years old to vote in federal elections.

“My amendment would enfranchise young Americans to help shape and form policies that will set the course for our future, from police violence to immigration reform to climate change,” the Massachusetts Democrat said, urging lawmakers to support her proposal.

Pressley proposed the amendment as part of a sweeping election reform bill authored by Democrats.

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Democrats say the bill will eliminate “dark money” in elections and end gerrymandering and voting restrictions that are discriminatory.

Republicans say the measure would lead to more voter fraud and would nationalize the election process to favor Democratic victories.

Liberal groups have been pushing to lower the voting age to 16, arguing that it would help develop more voter participation.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang proposed it during his campaign.

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Some cities, including Tacoma Park, Maryland, in the Washington suburbs, allow those as young as 16 years old to vote in local elections.

The federal voting age was lowered in 1971 from 21 to 18 after the states ratified the change in the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.

Tags: News, Congress, Voting, House Democrats, Voting rights

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