The perspective of young people is discounted in our politics. We say that this is their fault because they do not vote at as high a rate as others. One way to change this is to lower the voting age and get them in the habit of voting earlier. If we allow voting at a younger age, we will encourage people to become lifetime voters at higher levels. It will be good for our democracy and would increase attentiveness to long-term problems like climate change over time.
Problems to be Solved
- The voter turnout rate in the United States is low.
- The longer before one votes, the less likely they are to become a regular voter.
- Young people are taxed without having the ability to influence policy through electing representatives.
As President, I will…
- Lower the voting age for federal elections to 16.