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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 06:04 AM

Oregon teens push for lowering voting age to 16

Hundreds of teens spent their spring break pleading with Oregon state lawmakers to consider lowering the voting age to 16, saying young people deserve a say on issues that will directly shape their future including gun control and global climate change.

"The decisions our election officials make now will affect us for the rest of our lives, which is why we need a say," Jeremy Clark, a 14-year-old from Portland, testified on Wednesday. "We are tired of waiting for the adults to take action."

Legislators are considering changing the state constitution to lower the voting age to 16 in all elections, including for federal office. The move would ultimately need approval from voters in the 2020 ballot.

Teens around the country have emerged as a powerful political force since a school shooting at Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead. Students have since staged multiple school walkouts calling for more gun control, and have separately staged political demonstrations demanding action on climate change.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/03/oregon-teens-push-for-lowering-voting-age-to-16.html

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rampartc Mar 2019 #1

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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 06:14 AM

1. they need to demonstrate that 16 year olds are mature and informed enough

to make adult decisions.

we made the compelling case for 18 year old voting while men that age were being drafted.

i'm listening. how do 16 year olds show that they are mature enough for this responsibolity?

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