Dem aims to drop voting age to 16, citing youth gun control advocacy
By Chris Eger
The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote is a supporter of youth gun control advocacy campaigns such as March for Our Lives (Photo: March for Our Lives)
A Democrat representing New York in Congress argues that passionate teen advocates show they should be given the right to vote in federal, state and local elections.
The mechanism for the proposed constitutional amendment, H.J.Res.138, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng earlier this month. The amendment would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, the biggest change to the voting age since it was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971.
“Over the past year, we have seen a huge wave of inspirational and passionate activism by students from all across the country,” said Meng in a statement. “Students are demanding change on issues such as gun safety, climate change, and healthcare. They deserve to have their voices heard at the ballot box and to have a say in the change for which they’re vigorously advocating. It’s clear to me that they should be allowed to vote.”
Meng attended and was invited to speak at a rally for the Parkland students’ March for Our Lives gun control group on Long