DC Considers Lowering Voting Age to 16

Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Houston. Students and activists across the country planned events Saturday in conjunction with a Washington march spearheaded by teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where over a dozen people were killed in February. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Those anti-gun marchers were just so darned inspiring to DC council member Charles Allen (Democrat, obviously) that he has introduced legislation to lower the district’s voting age to 16 before the next presidential election. Supporters say they have the support of a slim majority of DC council members, USA Today reports, with 7 of the 13 in favor.


High schoolers, of course, think it’s great. Other things they find great include eating Tide Pods and snorting condoms.

“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. So I think that people are going to be very excited about it and want to get on board,” said Alisha Chopra, 18, a senior at School Without Walls.

Supporters are hoping for a public hearing on the issue this summer and to put it to a vote before the end of the year. The March for Our Lives mostly featured young people asking for their Constitutional rights to be taken away or for legislation to be undertaken which already existed. I have another idea- let children be children. Demand adults be adults. It’s just wacky enough to work.


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