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Is a 16-Year-Old Mature Enough to Vote? This Campaign Thinks So.

Is a 16-Year-Old Mature Enough to Vote? This Campaign Thinks So.

By Leah Jessen for The Daily Signal

A new campaign is striving to engage young people politically by lowering the voting age.

Vote16USA is “dedicated to exploring the notion of lowering the voting age to 16 in cities and states across the country,” Scott Warren, co-founder and executive director of the organization Generation Citizen, told The Daily Signal.  

“We want to have a conversation in this country about what the best age for voting is,” Warren said, pointing out that his organization, which launched the effort, does not have any “political bent.”

“We need innovative solutions to figure out how we can get more people to participate in our political process.”

A report released by the group last week notes 36 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2014 midterm elections. In the same election, 20 percent of 18- to 29-year-old voters actually voted. This was the worst voter turnout in 72 years, it said, and the lowest turnout for young voters on record.

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