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 […]

Who Do Kids Want To Be President?

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

If you’re under 18, you still can’t vote (despite recent campaigns to change that) but America’s youth has spoken via Scholastic’s annual student vote campaign: If you could vote, youngsters, would you pick Hillary Clinton for president, or Donald Trump, or screw, it, why not Harambe? Clinton took 52 percent of the votes from about […]

How Teens Are Lobbying Voters On Issues That Matter To Them

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Imagine if there were an issue on the ballot that only affected you, but you were barred from voting on it. Like, for a ridiculous example, if there was a vote in your American history class to ban students from taking snaps of the 19th-century presidents in your textbook and putting a smiling poop emoji […]

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 […]

Senator kills effort to lower minimum age to hold Nebraska office

Posted by on February 19th, 2016

Nebraska state Sen. Tyson Larson’s effort to reduce the age to serve as governor,  in the state legislature, or in other state offices to 18 died this week due to a filibuster by state Sen. Ernie Chambers. Even after Larson offered to remove offices other than the legislature from his bill, Chambers would not give in, […]

Nebraska may lower minimum age to hold state office to 18

Posted by on January 28th, 2016

Nebraska is considering lowering the minimum age to hold state office to 18. Currently, Nebraska “imposes an age minimum of 21 for state senators and 30 to serve as a governor, lieutenant governor or Supreme Court justice,” according to The Associated Press. A bill introduced by Republican state legislator Tyson Larson, who is 29, would […]

Brooklyn Club Good Room Wants You to Feel the Bern

Posted by on January 27th, 2016

Political campaigning has found its way to the dance floor. One of Brooklyn’s newest venues, Good Room, is hosting a fundraiser for Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders this Thursday. They’re calling the event “Berning Down The House,” a pun on a Talking Heads classic from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues. The event’s Facebook invite […]

The Nine Presidential Candidates Who Don’t Want Your Support

Posted by on January 19th, 2016

2016 brings with it another campaign for president (admittedly it has been going full tilt for months now), and that means it is time for NYRA to once again look into the issue of campaign contributions from young people. This is an issue NYRA has followed since 2002 when the Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance bill was […]

Raise Voting Age to 25? How About a Maximum Voting Age of 25?

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

Yesterday Glenn Reynolds wrote that in light of the events happening at Yale and Mizzou that we should raise the voting age to 25. This is as dumb a suggestion as when Ann Coulter suggested raising the voting age to 30. To demonstrate how dumb an argument the otherwise reasonable Glenn Reynolds has made, let […]

NYRA leaders seize the airwaves

Posted by on October 31st, 2012

The Minneapolis Television Network recently held a live, one-hour special entitled “Youth & Politics,” and included among their guests Maxwell Hall (President, NYRA – Washington County) and Amy O’Connell (President, NYRA – Twin Cities). Here’s the first half: And here’s the second:

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.