Posts Tagged ‘vote’

Starting Today- The Voting Age Every Day

September 14, 2013

It’s time for people everywhere, whatever your age or political party, to start working to lower the voting age, to empower young people to get involved in their communities! Starting now, I will be posting daily videos and provide regular updates on developments in this critical issue. Here is the first, from a youth stage production in the UK called Political Will-

Here is Votes at 16!

Election 2012: The “I Want My Vote!” Campaign Begins!

March 10, 2012

All over the world, the movement to lower the voting age is growing: from Scotland, to Canada to Estonia people are waking up to the need for youth to have their voice heard in electing the leaders who will so greatly impact their future. Now it’s America’s turn!

In 2012, during this critical election year, young people of all ages are demanding more than mere promises or platitudes from politicians. They are raising their voices as one, to declare- “I Want My Vote!”

The “I Want My Vote” campaign is about young people, of all ages, of all politics and points of view, working together to bring about change.

Look for protests across America, in big cities and timely towns.
Young people will be speaking out, demanding the rights so many adults take for granted!
Check back here regularly for updates on key developments! Or better yet, Subscribe to this Blog!

And if you want to learn more about WHY the voting age must be lowered, check out the National Youth Rights Association’s excellent Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age and Voting Age Talking Points.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Supports Lowering the Voting Age

December 3, 2009

While few politicians in America have yet come out in support of a lower voting age, in the United Kingdom none other than the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has stated that he supports lowering the voting age to 16.

In particular, he said

We had a commission on lowering the voting age and it couldn’t make up its mind, so it’s come back to us. I personally would like to see the voting age reduced to 16.

As the article points out, “Any reduction in the voting age would have to be accompanied by improved citizenship education in schools.”

So why not here in America? Why not try a lower voting age, at least at the local level! I encourage everyone to contact your city council member or state representative and urge them to introduce a legislation to lower the voting age at the local or state level. We can do this!

So who supports lowering the voting age?

March 26, 2009

A surprising number of political leaders, academics and creative artists support enfranchising high-school aged teens.  Politically they include liberals, moderates and conservatives.  Here are a few key individuals.

National/Worldwide Political Leaders

  • Michael Moore, filmaker (Supports voting age of 16)
  • Dennis Kucinich, Congressman, Ohio (D)(Supports voting age of 16)
  • Jackie Speier, Congresswoman, California (D) (Proposed voting age of 14 for California in 1995)
  • John B. Anderson, Former Congressman (R)(Supports voting age of 16)
  • Ralph Nader, 2008 Candidate for President
  • Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa (Proposed voting age of 14 in 1994)

State and Local Political Leaders

  • Arizona-Ed Ableser and Meg Burton, State Representatives (Proposed Voting Age of 16 in 2009)
  • IllinoisLou Lang, State Representative (Proposed Voting Age of 17 in 2008)
  • Minnesota-Phylllis Kahn, State Representative (Proposed Voting Age of 16)
  • New York- Gale Brewer (New York City Council Member- Proposed Voting Age of 16 in 2005)

Keep checking back in (more names will be added).  In the meantime, take a look at the National Youth Rights Association’s list of efforts to lower the voting age worldwide.

So Why Lower the voting Age?

March 26, 2009

Your first question may be Why lower the voting age at all? Isn’t eighteen perfectly appropriate.
Here are my thoughts. Please add your own in the comments section.  There are really two central lines of argument.

  • Youth need the right to vote

On issue after issue, youth are most deeply and long-lastingly affected by the major problems that affect our society.  Whether it’s  climate change (which will affect them long after we are gone), the budget debt (which is on their backs) or social security (which they may never receive).  Additionally, most sixteen and seventeen year-olds work, and all youth under 18 pay over $9.7 billion taxes alone.

  • Lowering the Voting Age Would Encourage the Life Long Voting Habit

Allowing teens to vote at a younger age (say 16) would set youth on the path to lifelong voting.  Why?  Teens who are 16 or 17 usually live at home, most in communities they have resided for many years. They are often closely tied to those communities, and keenly feel local political developments (whether changes in education quality or city curfew laws). On the other hand, many 18 year olds are in a new community (often away at school). But even if still at home they are usually occupied by full-time work or college. Thus, high school students are more likely to exercise their right to vote than their college siblings would be.