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#16tovote on the 16th – November 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Nov 18, 2010

The tenth run of #16tovote on the 16th is complete! Just like every 16th of the month, youth rights supporters on Twitter came together to tweet a lot about why the voting age should be lowered, using the hashtag #16tovote. Being the first one after this past election, it allowed us to wonder how it might have differed if people could vote two years earlier, what the 16 and 17-year-old voters would have to say, how their votes might skew any of the elections a certain way. It was also yet another chance to talk about our awesome rally two weeks ago!

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The next #16tovote on the 16th, and last one of the year, will of course be Thursday, December 16, the holiday edition! But for now, here’s the recap of this one!

youthrights And now… it’s #16tovote on the 16th!!!! Here’s Top 10 Reasons to LOWER THE VOTING AGE! http://www.youthrights.org/vote10.php

youthrights How might the election 2 weeks ago have been different if the voting age were 16? #16tovote

youthrights If the voting age were 16, would Dems have retained Congress? Or would Republicans have gotten Senate? #16tovote

youthrights If the voting age were 16, how might different ballot measures have turned out? #16tovote

teh_maxh #16tovote: once moar with feeling

youthrights And, if the voting age were 16, what, if anything might campaigns have done to get the teen vote? #16tovote

Khaetlyn @youthrights There wouldn’t have been nearly as many cuts to education or the arts in public schools/community programs. #16tovote

headspace_aus @youthrights are lobbying for US voting age be lowered to 16. Do you think 16 & 17 year olds should be able to vote in Australia? #16tovote

youthrights Was two weeks ago your first time voting? What if you could have 2 years earlier? http://bit.ly/cAhdjg #16tovote

arclights Remember when the magical wisdom of adulthood descended on you at midnight on your 18th birthday? Neither do I. #16tovote

arclights Voting rights are empowerment, and most teen problems are directly caused by disempowerment. So empower them! #16tovote

arclights Law says it’s worse to slap your wife than punch a strange man, but OK to beat your teen daughter. Why? Well, who made the laws? #16tovote

arclights If “all men are created equal” includes female “men,” it also includes young men. No sense of “men” includes women, but not teens #16tovote

arclights Hey, Tea Partiers! No taxation without representation! If you’re old enough to pay tax, you’re old enough to vote. #16tovote, or better, 0.

teh_maxh Remember, kids: don’t vote; steal an iPod instead. You won’t go to prison as long. Thinks that’s bullshit? #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th has begun! On the 16th of every month, youth rights supporters on Twitter tweet and retweet… http://fb.me/LOya8fhM

arclights If you’re worried about how teenagers would vote, remember: George W. Bush and @BarackObama were elected by adults. #16tovote

arclights It’s the tenth month, and I am tired of #16tovote. But not as tired as I was of not being able to vote after 16 years of that.

arclights As you make plans to see a movie about a 17-year-old saving the world, ask yourself: Why is that too young to vote? #16tovote

youthrights 2 weeks ago we had a big RALLY for youth free speech + democracy! #16tovote Check out pics and video! http://bit.ly/aIUYaH

sciville I love how it’s #16tovote on the 16th and the Futurama on right now is the Nixon election one! πŸ˜›

sciville See? Here I am at the Supreme Court rally, totally holding a sign that says #16tovote on it! πŸ™‚ http://flic.kr/p/8Qz4SS

teh_maxh Why does school start so early? To fit parents’ schedules. #16tovote

youthrights Good morning! It is another #16tovote on the 16th! We’re tweeting why the voting age should be lowered, with the #16tovote hashtag! πŸ™‚

youthrights With lower voting age, youth will be bigger part of electorate, so campaigns can’t keep ignoring their wishes. #16tovote

youthrights Lowering the voting age will not be a magic bullet to cure all youth problems. But it is a very vital step toward that cure. #16tovote

youthrights We’re repealing curfews, protecting youth free speech, ensuring students’ rights in school. But it all comes back to voting. #16tovote

youthrights Because as long as the people setting youth policy are not accountable to youth themselves, youth rights are far from safe. #16tovote

FreedomOfEd “If we let stupid adults vote, why not let smart youth vote?” http://www.youthrights.org/vote10.php #16tovote

youthrights Lowell, MA teens are working for a lower voting age! http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_16618569 Our own Jeffrey Nadel is quoted! #16tovote

youthrights We’re not about wanting teens to vote a certain way. We’re about teens having the vote, voice, and choice at all. #16tovote

JBBdude As long as teens can’t vote, there is an inequality. I have no say in how this country is run. #16tovote

JBBdude Seriously, stop worrying about leaving the world right for us. Let *us* get started on getting the world on track NOW. #16tovote

JBBdude One cannot truly believe that the earth is on loan from the next generation while ignoring their rights. #16tovote

youthrights We’re about at the midpoint of #16tovote on the 16th! Great stuff so far! πŸ™‚

youthrights This is our voting age TV ad we aired in 2008: http://bit.ly/9lVTJh – Created by @nyrasefl! πŸ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Legendary bimonthly informal NYRA chat tonight! #16tovote on the 16th Edition! 8pm EST, get on AIM, invite yourself to chatroom “nyra”.

youthrights Hard to convince teens the importance of voting while pretending it’s a good thing they can’t yet do it. #16tovote

youthrights “Honk for a lower voting age!” says @nyrasefl on Election Day! http://fb.me/B308Y87F #16tovote

youthrights It’s #16tovote on the 16th! If you’ve blogged or made video for a lower voting age, today’s the day to promote it! Use the hashtag. πŸ™‚

JBBdude I recently turned 18, but I still support #16tovote Because civil rights issues apply to groups that I’m not in, too. (see: Ken Mehlman)

JBBdude From my archive, here’s a blog post I put out in the past month (actually right before the election) about #16tovote http://goo.gl/fb/2CHVK

IrisVanRooij As long as some ppl can’t vote there’s inequality #0tovote RT @youthrights: As long as teens can’t vote, there is an inequality. #16tovote

JBBdude @IrisVanRooij The only issue with that is that it is hard to convince people of #16tovote let alone letting all. Small steps, imo.

Scarleteen Are you following hashtag #16tovote today? If not, have a peek!

IrisVanRooij @JBBdude I support the initiative, hope it works (yet, not convinced small steps help 0#tovote as #16tovote suggest age is valid criterion)

Justineplays Yeah, it would be awesome if it was #16tovote, it would be even more awesome if #peopleover18votedtoo

youthrights Austria lowered their voting age to 16 a few years ago, and they have one of the highest voluntary voter turnouts in the world! #16tovote

taradinoc #16tovote because some problems won’t get solved until lazy politicians stop blaming them on a conveniently disenfranchised group.

youthrights “Kids are more politically aware; so why can’t we take part in the political process?” http://bit.ly/bsDJNF via @teenink #16tovote

youthrights Opposing youth suffrage is believing youth don’t and shouldn’t matter. What possible benefit is there in this belief? #16tovote

UsielX 75 million American students, workers, and taxpayers are denied the right to vote purely based on age. I am one of them. #16tovote

kpalicz Just talked to my Senate contact about stopping abuse against teens in behavior mod programs. I bet HR 911 would be a nobrainer if #16tovote

SchoolSurvival RT @thegreathal Think beyond student government. If it was #16tovote, students would really have a voice in their schools.

youthrights Check out Usiel’s awesome speech at our Supreme Court RALLY! http://youtu.be/sVFWwGyPAX4 #16tovote

rinwins If you can drive yourself to the polls, you should be able to vote in them. #16tovote

youthrights Just under 7 hours left for this #16tovote on the 16th! Keep the great #16tovote tweets coming! πŸ˜€

youthrights Don’t forget we have an informal CHAT tonight at 8pm EST on AIM. #16tovote on the 16th Edition! Invite yourself to chatroom “nyra”.

DegrassiPwns #16tovote Oh gosh, I almost forgot about this, good thing I was reading the BOD chat log! Lower the voting age, people! #16tovote

MaxKaminCross Ahh what an awesome #16tovote too bad it probably won’t happen πŸ™

SchoolSurvival @youthrights Want students to be happy in school? Try giving them a real say in what goes on with and about it! Let them VOTE! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival Convicted adult prisoners can’t be paddled, but in many states innocent young STUDENTS can! Would be banned much faster with #16tovote!

kpalicz @nancylublin Will your panel tomorrow be talking at all about the active #16tovote movement in the UK?

youthrights Our chat is going! Want to discuss voting age and other youth rights stuff? Get on AIM and invite yourself to chatroom “nyra”. #16tovote

youthrights From our Supreme Court RALLY! http://flic.kr/p/8Qz4c7 “Great, a law which only affects people that CAN’T VOTE!” #16tovote

SchoolSurvival Maybe only Canadians should vote in US elections.Makes as much sense as allowing adults and not youth to vote on school issues. #16tovote

kpalicz Just wrote a pretty awesome response to Ann Coulter’s ageist nonsense calling for the voting age to be raised. Instead I call for #16tovote

youthrights From the chat: “The voting age is too damn high.” -robot psychology #16tovote

teh_maxh The voting age is too damn high! #16tovote

youthrights From our Supreme Court RALLY! http://flic.kr/p/8Qz41Q “Suffrage, Not Censorship!” #16tovote

JBBdude I feel a political party coming on… RT @teh_maxh The voting age is too damn high! #16tovote

sciville 16yo is an adult when a criminal and a criminal when a voter, because when a voter he’s just a child. Make sense? #16tovote

SchoolSurvival I think voting for a president isn’t a very useful way to make a difference, but kids/teens should still be allowed to. #16tovote

SnipeMe Teenagers are too immature to vote? Ok, fine, THEN STOP TAKING THEIR TAX DOLLARS! No taxation without representation!!! #16tovote

youthrights Casting ballots at 17? They vote yes! http://bit.ly/aXCOzk #16tovote

youthrights Just under an hour to go in #16tovote on the 16th! Great stuff today! Let’s give it a good finish! πŸ™‚

youthrights What awesome thing did Vermont do 2 weeks ago? They lowered the primary voting age, that’s what! http://bit.ly/bjCKWy πŸ˜€ #16tovote

youthrights Seriously! RT @PsyAmp: #16andpregnant is trending. Why? #16tovote SHOULD be trending…

youthrights There’s a long way to go, but progress is being made. Before long, a lower voting age will be a reality! πŸ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights 17-year-olds can vote in primaries in many places, or at least register early. The full vote for 16-year-olds isn’t far behind! #16tovote

youthrights And with us and countless other terrific youth orgs out there proving youth are NOT apathetic, and CAN be trusted! #16tovote

youthrights It is becoming more and more clear that our society belongs to the youth as well as elders, and youth ARE to be trusted! πŸ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights And part of this vital trust of youth is involving the youth in our sacred electoral process, by granting youth the vote! #16tovote

teh_maxh Support #16tovote or DIAF.

youthrights And that about does it for the tenth run of #16tovote on the 16th! Another great one! Thanks so much! You’re all wonderful! πŸ™‚

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @silverwolf1977 @FreedomOfEd @taradinoc @JBBdude @kerriwall @Baby_Love_Child @democraticED @CourageousCo

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @arclights @teh_maxh @heathercorinna @all_ages @whamsday_addams @IrisVanRooij @EIFY @Scarleteen @STSpeaks

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Justineplays @HarrismckoyMFT @fbaum @badplanmobile @Khaetlyn @UsielX @kpalicz @SchoolSurvival @wonton891

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @mjsa96 @didzis_m @Knoks @rinwins @DegrassiPwns @MaxKaminCross @SnipeMe @coldbean @PsyAmp

youthrights And thanks to anyone I missed! See you December 16, for the holiday season edition of #16tovote on the 16th! πŸ˜€

Alright, everyone, go enjoy your Thanksgiving meals and get your holiday shopping done! And on December 16, we’ll send our own list to Santa Claus, for him to grant youth of the world voting rights! πŸ™‚

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