Should we lower the voting age?

Voting rights are always a topic of conversation during election season and even well afterward, but some teens under voting age are bringing national attention to their own inability to vote. They say that teens pay taxes and are mature enough to understand the consequences of their vote, but critics say the responsibility is too much.

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Unlikely Advocates Push To Give 16-Year-Olds A Vote — And A Voice

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Additional resources to think about

The Youth Effort To Lower The Voting Age To 16
Youth organizers want the voting age lowered to 16. NPR's Michel Martin finds out about their effort from Lorelei Vaisse of Vote16USA.

Should the Voting Age Be Lowered?
A recent wave of student activism is fueling the debate about lowering the voting age nationwide. Two researchers square off about whether that would be a good idea.

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Should we lower the voting age?

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