Andrew Yang Wants to Lower Voting Age to 16
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang wants to lower the federal voting age to 16. He says that lowering the voting age would increase turnout and promote civic engagement, and also cited the unfairness of taxing young voters without representation. “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,” Yang wrote. While some other 2020 hopefuls have said they’re open to lowering the voting age, he is the first to officially embrace the change. It’s becoming a more popular stance. Regular Beat readers will recall that Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) introduced an amendment last month, which was defeated, to lower the voting age to 16. More on Yang’s policy here.