Big Day for Voting Age in Maryland

Posted by on December 11th, 2017

Today is a vote-a-rama for the movement to lower the voting age with two Maryland towns taking up the issue at their meetings tonight.  In Greenbelt, Maryland, the city council is voting on Resolution 2057 to lower the voting age to 16.  After voters last month passed an advisory measure in favor of lowering the […]

Voters in 3rd Hampshire District support lowering drinking age for beer, wine

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

Voters in Massachusetts support lowering in the drinking age!

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 […]

Drinking Age on the Ballot in Massachusetts

Posted by on October 24th, 2016

I am a long time NYRA member and thanks to my petitioning efforts, next month in Amherst Massachusetts voters will be able to vote on whether or not the drinking age should be lowered to 19 for beer & wine. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed on July 17, 1984. It […]

The Texas #16toVote Story

Posted by on July 18th, 2016

Bryce Hall is the current President of the 16toVote Texas chapter located in North Richland Hills. Read more about what his group is doing here. One afternoon I was sitting on my couch watching an innocent teenager being detained on the news. His mom and step-dad were extremely abusive and he didn’t want to leave […]

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 […]

NYRA Kicks Off Summer 2016 With Fellowship Orientation

Posted by on June 15th, 2016

This past weekend NYRA held a 3-day orientation for this year’s NYRA fellows. The orientation, held in Washington, DC, covered a wide range of topics including NYRA issues and strategies for going forward. The lecture sessions were integrated with great discussions about youth rights — their individual importance as well as their impact on each […]

NYRA Endorses the Vote16SF Campaign

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

This letter was sent to the Vote16SF Campaign this week: The National Youth Rights Association strongly endorses the Vote16SF campaign to lower the voting age in San Francisco. We believe lowering the voting age will be good for young people, good for San Francisco and good for democracy as a whole. NYRA urges passage of […]

Jersey City council quashes boy’s dream of voting at 16

Posted by on February 11th, 2016

JERSEY CITY — 15-year-old Mahsiah Imes learned a few lessons about politics last night. Lesson No. 1: you don’t always get what you want. Imes, who had lobbied City Council members to lower the voting age for local races from 18 to 16, appeared before the council yesterday in hopes of watching it approve a […]

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.