Activists in Massachusetts Make Progress in Lowering the Voting Age

Posted by on August 16th, 2017

In Massachusetts, two best friends made headway in the push to lower the voting age. Aaron Nelson and Max Carr passed articles in their hometowns of Ashfield and Shelburne, to lower the voting age to 16 for local elections. Carr has made a website explaining how lowering the voting age works. Their House of Representatives […]

Support Prop F! Help Lower the Voting Age in San Francisco!

Posted by on November 3rd, 2016

We have a historic opportunity to lower the voting age in San Francisco, and we NEED YOUR HELP! No matter your age, no matter where you live, you can help make calls to San Francisco voters. And this is a critical moment. A recent poll put support for lowering the voting age at 48%. We […]

NYRA-Twin Cities: Going Strong!

Posted by on August 9th, 2016

NYRA-Twin Cities has been in operation for several years now. Amy O’Connell, President, has been leading the group for almost half a decade. Amy’s passion for youth rights came from her own experience dealing with adults. She was largely bullied in middle school and found that adults made the problem worse. She became involved in […]

The First “Underage” US Presidential Candidate Does Well in Green Party Primaries

Posted by on August 6th, 2016

History was made yesterday when 17-year-old Elijah D. Manley gave a speech at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention on Saturday, August 6, 2016, in Houston, Texas. Elijah is the first “underaged” presidential nominee to make it to a state ballot – two states, in his case – of one of the two largest third […]

Texas Vote16: Open for Business!

Posted by on July 5th, 2016

NYRA’s newest chapter operates out of North Richland Hills, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. The chapter was started by a group of 16 year olds, most of them attending the same high school. Texas Vote16 was established on March 16, 2016. The President, Bryce Hall, had the idea for many years and found supporting […]

The Fight for Youth Suffrage

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

This is a transcript of a speech I gave to the Broward County Commission in support of lowering the voting age. The Commission is now supporting a resolution to lower the voting age to sixteen. Watch video here. The Fight for Youth Suffrage By Elijah Manley Dear Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Good Morning, My name […]

#16tovote on the 16th – April 2016

Posted by on April 19th, 2016

@YouthRights Know what time it is?!?! Time for #16tovote on the 16th!!!! Saturday edition! @YouthRights For those new to the tradition, we are about to blow up Twitter with news, arguments, facts & memes about lowering the voting age! #16tovote @YouthRights Maturity and experience are neither objective nor measurable. Thus supposed lack thereof is […]

#16tovote on the 16th – February 2016

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

This month marks the sixth anniversary of #16tovote on the 16th! We missed a few months in the middle there, but the tradition is back and going strong! This last month saw bills introduced in both Jersey City, NJ and in Canada. NYRA’s own Hudson County chapter was behind the introduction of the Jersey City […]

#16tovote on the 16th – January 2016

Posted by on January 18th, 2016

Building on the success of last month’s rebirth of the #16tovote on the 16th campaign, this month’s event was the first #16toVote on the 16th of 2016. With 211 unique tweets, 177 retweets, 190 likes, we are already seeing some nice growth despite this one taking place on a Saturday during a three-day weekend. Below […]

#16tovote on the 16th – December 2015

Posted by on December 17th, 2015

Taking place shortly after the first organizing meeting of the #16tovote coalition in Washington, DC, this #16tovote on the 16th was a bit of a rebirth for the campaign. With only sporadic occurrences over the last few years, this month’s #16tovote on the 16th came back with a vengeance. 128 unique tweets, 232 retweets, 189 […]

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.