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Dem Lawmaker Introduces Amendment To Lower Voting Age From 18 To 16 In Federal Elections

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Dem Lawmaker Introduces Amendment To Lower Voting Age From 18 To 16 In Federal Elections




Progressive Democrat Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the House election reform bill that would lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in federal elections.

“I am honored & excited to be introducing my very 1st amendment on the House floor, an amendment to #HR1, the #ForthePeopleAct,” Pressley, a first-term congresswoman who represents the 7th Congressional District in Massachusetts, said on Twitter.

“My amendment will lower the voting age from 18 to 16, allowing our youth to have a seat at the table of democracy,” she added.




Pressley argued that citizens who are 16 and 17 make substantial contributions to America’s “labor force and to their local economy through paying taxes.”

“Across this nation, young people are leading the way — from gun violence, to climate change, to the future of work — they are organizing, mobilizing, and calling us to action,” Pressley said in a statement.

Her amendment would require states to “permit an individual to register to vote or vote in an election for Federal office held in the State on the grounds of the individual’s age if the individual will be at least 16 years of age on the date of the election,” according to MassLive.com.



The amendment is a part of a larger anti-corruption and voting rights bill, known as H.R. 1, that also aims to expand voting rights by creating automatic voter registration and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the bill would not be brought to the floor for a vote in the upper chamber.





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