Voting Age

Lower the voting age.

Lowering the voting age is an idea whose time has come. Serious proposals from the United Kingdom to Massachusetts to California have started discussion on the voting age and NYRA is getting involved with it. NYRA chapters in New York and California are joining groups around the country working actively to lower the voting age. NYRA has created this resource for all people and groups interested in the issue. Read our top 10 reasons to lower the age, check out our voting age talking points, and read some great research on the subject by Keith Mandell and Ben O’Meara. This is a good page to check back with for updates on the fight to lower the voting age in our voting age news section. If you do any research or writing on the topic of lowering the voting age NYRA would love to add it to our collection, so please upload your paper here.

Opinion

Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age
Want the best arguments on lowering the voting age? Read the best top 10 list around. Letterman would be jealous.

Action

Voting Age News
Keep up to date on developments in the movement to lower the voting age, both in the United States and abroad.

Voting Age Flyers
Read, print and distribute these NYRA Voting Age Flyers. Stick them everywhere.

#16tovote on the 16th
This is NYRA’s campaign to raise awareness of the campaign to lower the voting age on Twitter.

Opposition

Committee for the Study of the American Electorate
CSAE’s President, Curtis Gans is the leading opponent to lowering the voting age, describing it as a ‘terminally dumb’ idea.

Raise Voting Age to 30?
This article makes the case that youth are too dumb and immature to vote, and the age should be raised to 30.

Research

Voting Age Talking Points
Get your stats and more key arguments here that support lowering the voting age.

Voting Age Status Report
Learn about cities, states and countries considering lowering the voting age, and those who already have.

Proposal to Lower the Voting Age
This proposal makes the case for why Washington, DC should lower its voting age, the research and arguments are universal.

Children’s Most Essential Right
Well researched paper by Ben O’Meara focuses on the legal argument for lowering the voting age and the use of social science research to buttress that argument.

More Voting Age Research
Check out NYRA’s Downloads Section for high quality studies, papers, debate notes and testimony all about lowering the voting age.

Discussion

Voting Age Forum
Have something to say about the voting age? Want to discuss and debate the issue with other NYRA members? Go check out the forum.

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.