DC Considers Letting 16-year-olds Vote

DC considers letting 16-year-olds vote
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According to The Hill , a council member in Washington, D.C., has introduced legislation that would lower the age to vote in federal and local elections to 16.

D.C. council member Charles Allen (D) last week introduced the legislation, which could allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the 2020 presidential election, WUSA-TV reported.

Allen said he proposed the legislation after seeing the students march last month in Washington, D.C. for the “March for Our Lives” event to protest gun violence and demand new gun laws.

Seven of the 13 members of the D.C. Council are backing the measure, advocates of the proposal told WUSA-TV.

“I think people are getting excited about this, especially with what’s going on in the nation right now in terms of youth leading social change,” said Alisha Chopra, 18, a senior at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C.

“So I think that people are going to be very excited about it and want to get on board.”

Alex Shyer, a 16-year-old sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School, told the television station teenagers can handle the ability to vote.

“We work, we pay taxes, we care for family members, we can drive, we can do so many other things. So, adding voting onto that isn’t going to be that big of a responsibility. We can handle it,” Shyer said.

Because Washington, D.C., is considered in some cases a state, it can change the voting age for federal elections as well as local elections.  . .

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11 thoughts on “DC Considers Letting 16-year-olds Vote

  1. Get them while they’re young… before they learn that voting means nothing but servitude.
    Controlling the masses by… oh hell, what ever floats you’re boat.
    Might just as well let them drink, smoke *** you know indulge in all the other adult vices.


    • As Shelby points out below, Kenneth, the sooner they start voting the sooner they start realizing how meaningless it is. From a legal perspective, it’s technically unconstitutional to deny the vote to 16 and 17 year olds who work – it’s taxation without representation.


      • whoa… that true, it would be taxation without representation. I hadn’t thought of that in such a way before.
        I’ve never voted and I’ve been (uhhhh) eligible since the late 80″s.


  2. Oh so now that they’ve gentrified the hell out of D.C., they not only legalize marijuana, but also want to lower the voting age? I am so NOT surprised. Since D.C. is no longer known as ‘Chocolate City’ since ‘whites’ have come in and run the Black people out, I’m supposed to get excited about this? Nothing doing!

    And I know that you have not forgotten this famous quote:

    “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

    Yes indeed, let us brainwash our youth into believing that by standing in long lines to ‘vote’ for corporate bought and paid for politicians, they’re making a difference. In the past, I have ‘voted’ many times and I can state with a certainty that my vote has counted for nothing and neither will the votes of the newest suckers they’re setting up.


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