Voting Age

Lower the voting age

The right to vote in free and fair elections is key to any fully functioning democracy. Too often, citizens of this country fail to recognize the importance of voting in both state and federal elections. Promoting civic engagement is important and beginning these habits early has proven to be effective in helping to create involved citizens. The ability to vote shouldn’t be a point for discrimination based on gender, race or age.

Since 2000, there have been dozens of legislative bills proposed in over 20 states to lower the voting age. NYRA chapters have organized local campaigns from California to Florida and successfully worked to lower the voting age for city elections to 16 in two Maryland cities, Takoma Park and Hyattsville.

Read our top 10 reasons to lower the voting age, check out our voting age talking points, and read some research by Keith Mandell and Ben O’Meara. Check back 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 our top 10 list.


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
NYRA’s campaign to raise awareness of the campaign to lower the voting age on Twitter.


Voting Age Talking Points
Statistics and key arguments 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
Ben O’Meara focuses on the legal argument for lowering the voting age and the use of social science research to support 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.