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WASHINGTON — By the 2020 presidential election, 16 and 17-year-olds may be able to vote in the nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C. may lower the voting age for federal and local elections to 16. The legislation was introduced last Tuesday by D.C. council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who said he was inspired by the high schoolers that came to D.C. to protest at the March for our lives.
Advocates of the measure say they have the support of seven of 13, a majority of D.C. Council members.
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The Parkland students who survived a mass shooting in February are already credited for changing laws in Florida.
Now, a group of young people in D.C. are working on getting the vote for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“We work, we pay taxes, we care for family members, we can drive, we can do so many other things. So, adding voting onto that isn’t going to be that big of a responsibility. We can handle it,” said Alex Shyer, a 16-year-old Sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School.
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