Thursday, June 09, 2005

NY Pol Pushes To Lower Voting Age: Part 2

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) entered a bill yesterday to lower the voting age in municipal elections to the ripe old age of 16. She has some support in fellow democrat, John Liu. Mr. Liu supports the measure because he notes that teenagers hold jobs while in high school and pay sales tax. "All taxpayers should be given a voice" state Liu. According to the National Youth Rights Association, Hillary Clinton supports this measure.

Plus, to show how crazy this idea is. The City Council of Berkley (CA) voted down a similar measure to lower their voting age to 16. Another democrat, John Vasconcellos (D-San Jose) introduced bill SB 1606 in 2004 to lower the voting age in California to 14. That bill actually passed through a committee in the California Senate before it was also killed.

Other states where bills were introduced to lower the voting age from 2000-2004:
State - Age - Status
Arizona - 16 - Failed
California - 14 - Failed
Hawaii - 16 - Failed
Iowa - 17 - Failed
Kansas - 17 - Failed
Massachusetts - 17 - Pending
Michigan - 17 - Pending
Minnesota - 17 - Failed
Pennsylvania - 17 - Pending
Texas - 14 - Failed

In today's AM New York, there is an online poll on the subject. So far 86.6% think it is a bad idea. They also asked some teens on the street, here's my favorite.

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