Democrats Push Amendment to Lower Voting Age to 16
Democratic lawmaker Ayanna Pressley introduced the proposal to Congress
Democrat lawmakers are pushing an amendment to lower the voting age in the United States to 16 years old.
Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced the bill to Congress on Tuesday.
Currently, under the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, all US citizens have a right to vote from the age of eighteen years old.
On Wednesday, Neon Nettle reported a similar push to expand the party's reach by Dem leader House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said during a speech that illegal immigrants should be awarded voting rights in the US, claiming migrants “make America more American,” and we should not be “suppressing the vote of our newcomers.”
Pelosi declared that immigrants entering the US should be accredited with adding to the "constant reinvigoration" of American families while speaking at a news conference on voting rights with Rep. Lloyd Dogget (D-TX) in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.
Clearly avoiding the use of the word "immigrants" House Speaker Pelosi said, "newcomers" should "be fully part of our system" after arriving in the United States.
“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.
I am honored & excited to be introducing my very 1st amendment on the House floor, an amendment to #HR1, the #ForthePeopleAct. My amendment will lower the voting age from 18 to 16, allowing our youth to have a seat at the table of democracy. #16toVote pic.twitter.com/67IzCtUh8k— Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 6, 2019
According to The Hill, Pressley (D-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.”
Pressley argued in a succession of tweets 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 sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill, known as H.R. 1, that Democrats in the House are expected to pass this week.
The measure, among other things, 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.
Lowering the voting age requirement to 16 has gained increasing support in states and cities around the nation.
Democratic state lawmakers in Oregon introduced legislation to lower the state’s voting age last month.