8 Pros & Cons Of Lowering The Voting Age To 16, Like Washington, DC Is Considering

Washington, D.C. could soon become allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in federal elections. A new age requirement bill was introduced last week by a Democratic councilman and has already garnered significant support, sparking a national conversation about the pros and cons of lowering the voting age to 16.

The United States isn’t the only country that’s been having this debate recently. The United Kingdom has considered lowering its voting age — Scotland actually did so — as has New Zealand. Teens aged 16 can already vote in nations like Brazil, Austria, Cuba, Argentina, and Ecuador. Some places in the United States have also already lowered the voting age for local elections, including Takoma Park, a city in Maryland.

The age requirement question has taken on particular poignance in the wake of February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Survivors of that massacre astonished the world by rapidly springing into action and changing the nature of the debate over gun control in the United States. With so many minors proving themselves capable of being articulate and politically savvy, many onlookers have been wondering whether they should also be given the right to vote.

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