University of Wisconsin–Madison

Young Voices at the Ballot Box: Advancing Efforts to Lower the Voting Age

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
We have a voter crisis in America that demands bold solutions. One of these potential solutions is lowering the voting age in American elections to 16 years old. This report presents a cohesive argument for lowering the voting age to 16 in municipal elections, addresses counterarguments, discusses the current landscape, explains the different legal pathways to success, and elaborates on suggested next steps to advance these efforts.

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