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House Democrats introduce measure to lower voting age to 16

Bill supported by AOC, others.

Published: January 14, 2023 2:19pm

Updated: January 14, 2023 2:20pm

Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a measure this week to lower the federal voting age to 16, a change that has drawn support from top party leaders in the past.

The bill, House Resolution 16, would establish that “the right of citizens of the United States, who are sixteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

The policy would repeal the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which establishes the national voting age as 18. 

In the past, former Speaker of the House and longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has supported a 16-year-old voting age. 

“I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this when they’re learning about government to be able to vote,” she told the Daily Caller in 2019.

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