Wednesday, June 08, 2005

NY Pol Pushes To Lower Voting Age

If City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) has her way, youngsters in the 10th grade would soon have the right to vote.

"Sixteen-year-olds are mentally and emotionally capable of voting and are eager to do so, unlike many of their elders," - Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan)
Today, Ms. Brewer will introduce legislation to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 for municipal elections. The Future Voters of America are behind this move to let the tots vote, their mission involves: developing and implementing an innovative approach which will empower youth, ages 12-17, enabling them to have an impact on the American political agenda.

At 16, my thoughts were consumed with rolling people's houses, making prank phone calls to an elderly lady (we called multiple times a day asking for "Elizabeth"), and MTV. The only election I took part in was the Pepsi Challenge and I kept choosing Coke.

(Source - NY Daily News)

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