Voting Age

Lower the voting age.

Lowering the voting age is an idea whose time has come. Since 2000, there have been dozens of legislative bills proposed in over 20 US states to lower the voting age. NYRA chapters have organized local campaigns from California to Florida to New York and successfully worked to lower the voting age to 16 in two Maryland cities, Takoma Park and Hyattsville. We have created this resource for all people and groups interested in the issue. Read our top 10 reasons to lower the voting 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.


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


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

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


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.

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.