Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Posted on AllSides September 16th, 2020

San Francisco could soon become the first major American city to lower its voting age to 16. A local ballot measure under consideration this November would allow 16- and 17-year-old residents to participate in citywide elections. The voting age for state and federal elections would remain 18.

If the measure is passed, it would mark a major step in a growing movement to extend voting rights to younger Americans. In 2013 the Washington, D.C., suburb of Takoma Park, Md., became the first city in the country to lower its voting...

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