You Vote: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

The nationwide campaign to do so is gaining momentum, especially at the local level.

Updated: December 5, 2022 - 1:29pm

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In a new report, Just the News details how the Democrat-led movement to lower the legal voting age to 16 — or in some cases even younger — is gaining momentum nationwide, scoring local victories while winning the support of lawmakers and activists on the political left.

Supporters of the push to allow underage children to vote argue that lowering the voting age would help young people build a habit of voting and make them more likely to continue being politically engaged later in life. They also argue 16- and 17-year-olds are mature and knowledgeable enough to cast their own ballots and say it's unfair that teenagers can have adult responsibilities and play active roles in society but not have a say in public life.

Critics counter that 16- and 17-year-olds have still-developing brains and are minors who society has judged haven't developed the judgment and experience to engage in a host of activities such as signing contracts and serving on a jury. They also argue the chief motive of those pushing the so-called Vote 16 campaign is to gain more votes among a left-leaning constituency as part of Democrats' broader effort to change a host of voting rules, such as instituting universal mail-in voting.

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