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#16tovote on the 16th – December 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Dec 17, 2010

Happy Holidays, everyone! It’s a time of putting up pretty lights, eating cookies, wrapping and giving presents, visiting loved ones, sending holiday cards (I’m in charge of NYRA’s every year!), being merry… and even so, it’s still the 16th of the month and time for 2010’s final #16tovote on the 16th! As usual, we all tweeted a lot about lowering the voting age, with the #16tovote hashtag, and I’ve copied the day’s tweets here. Enjoy!

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teh_maxh So it’s the last #16tovote EVER. Assuming that the world ends before the sixteenth of January 2011, anyway.

youthrights 9 days until Christmas, but right now… #16tovote on the 16th!!! Here’s Top 10 Reasons to LOWER THE VOTING AGE! http://bit.ly/cavxOT

sciville “I always get a toy or doll or bike. I never get what I really want for Christmas.” “What do you really want?” “Voting rights!” #16tovote

youthrights It’s the 11th run of #16tovote of the 16th, our monthly event of tweeting about lowering the voting age, with the #16tovote hashtag! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Each #16tovote on the 16th is recorded in our blog! Here’s last month’s: http://bit.ly/gna1oy

youthrights Think this lower voting age talk is unrealistic? Allow me to direct your attention to… Lowell, MA! http://bit.ly/dVRQVV #16tovote

youthrights Denied the Right to Vote, Never Stop Fighting! – http://bit.ly/fIeoeK by NYRA board member @teenvote! #16tovote

youthrights Editorial about lower Lowell voting age (that’s fun to say!) – http://bit.ly/ihAzrW #16tovote

youthrights Not sure what this #16tovote on the 16th thing is? Here you go: http://blog.youthrights.org/16tovote-on-the-16th/

PracticalRad I agree with provincial candidates that we should lower the voting age to 16. #16tovote

youthrights Ann Coulter wants the voting age to go up. @kpalicz says why it should go DOWN! http://huff.to/ijN8nT #16tovote

youthrights Good morning! It’s 2010’s last #16tovote on the 16th! Join us in tweeting about lowering the voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Teens work their holiday jobs and pay taxes, but can’t vote on how that tax is used. #16tovote

youthrights Teens buy xmas gifts for family/friends just like everyone else. Unlike everyone else, they have no say in use of sales tax. #16tovote

youthrights Our wish for 2011? Society that LISTENS to youth instead of just using youth as emotional pawns for a personal agenda. #16tovote

youthrights Holiday season joy requires the inclusion everyone! To keep the spirit year round, support youth rights & a lower voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

davymoss Canadian politician wants to lower the voting age to 16 – his party already lets 14 year olds vote. http://bit.ly/hotoL3 #16tovote

youthrights This holiday season and always, remember, youth MUST be seen AND heard! http://bit.ly/cpz41E (video) #16tovote

youthrights So exciting that so many places in 2010 alone have considered or proposed a lower voting age! What will happen in 2011? ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights So easy for Senators to block legislation that would prevent abuse of those too young to vote them out! http://huff.to/dIuhVT #16tovote

youthrights Here’s our voting age ad aired in #DC in 2008! http://bit.ly/9lVTJh Featuring @nyrasefl members! #16tovote

youthrights Political participation is GOOD! Youth engagement and involvement is GOOD! Combine them? Lower the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Why lower the voting age? Because you don’t magically become significant upon turning 18. You’re significant LONG before that! #16tovote

youthrights Non-parent non-teacher adults have more say in school issues than the students who are there every day. Any sense in that? #16tovote

youthrights Imagine having no say as others vote on whether they can legally assault you as “punishment”. It’s reality if you’re under 18. #16tovote

youthrights ‘Tis the season of giving and sharing! How about sharing with young people a REAL VOICE in their community and society? #16tovote

youthrights Wondering what’s going on? It’s #16tovote on the 16th, our monthly 24-hour event to tweet a lot about lowering the voting age! Join in! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights When we say #16tovote, we do NOT mean “but not anyone younger!” We mean “let’s at least get this far then go from there”.

youthrights You know Lowell, MA? http://bit.ly/dVRQVV They seem to think the 18 voting age is too high. We agree! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights UK, Spain, Finland, Ghana, Australia, Massachusetts, British Columbia: places that considered a lower voting age. In 2010 alone! #16tovote

youthrights Lower voting age in British Columbia? http://bit.ly/hotoL3 Here’s hoping! #16tovote

youthrights Hypocritical to teach teens the importance of voting while pretending it’s good they cannot yet do it. #16tovote

youthrights Disenfranchisement and forced silence do not help teens. Empowerment, confidence, and having a voice are the best tools! #16tovote

youthrights We’re 16 hours and 16 minutes into #16tovote on the 16th – Christmas Edition! Thanks for the great voting age tweets, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Once again, here’s our classic Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age! http://bit.ly/cavxOT #16tovote

youthrights Usiel’s Election Day speech at Supreme Court about free speech and voting! http://youtu.be/sVFWwGyPAX4 #16tovote

kpalicz NYRA and the #16tovote campaign can get $5,000 if we get enough votes on FindLaw.com, please vote here!! We can do it! http://bit.ly/fxzIzy

sciville So was anyone dreaming of a “White #16tovote on the 16th”? Because it’s all snowy here in the DC area! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Why lower the voting age? Teens are part of our society, too, and have important interests adults can’t represent. #16tovote

youthrights On this final #16tovote on the 16th of 2010, let’s reflect a bit on voting age developments of the past year… ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights From March: “Voting at 16 in Spain?” http://bit.ly/aisoXy #16tovote

kpalicz Why lower the voting age? Why not? What is so scary about democracy? Isn’t democracy what made America great? #16tovote is long overdue.

youthrights Also from March: http://bit.ly/hARs5f The “Suffrateens” in the UK, and why voting should begin early in life! #16tovote

sciville I think Santa Claus supports lowering the voting age! He gives all kids toys for free, so surely he’d give voting rights! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights From April: http://bit.ly/d9Ogio – “Voting Rights Urged for 16 and 17yo in UK” #16tovote

youthrights Remember Alfie McKenzie? http://bit.ly/9I8LWe He was the underage voter in the UK election back in May! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

giveupurwaffles I hope #16tovote is trending when I wake up tomorrow

LoganJ7 #16tovote Because everyone should have a choice. (Also, I dare you to all post #16tovote stuff all over your Facebooks as well)

JabberWockyNG @giveupurwaffles #4tovote #5tovote #6tovote #7tovote #8tovote #9tovote #10tovote #11tovote #12tovote #13tovote #14tovote #15tovote #16tovote

teh_maxh @giveupurwaffles SPAM DESU! Er, I mean #16tovote, not desu.

youthrights LOL! Definitely not enough of us tweeting for #16tovote to trend, nor is that the goal. Hashtag is to keep voting age tweets together. ๐Ÿ™‚

EIFY Maturity depends on behavior, not age. Heard these calls for “adult conversations” despite that only adult-in-age can vote? #16tovote

youthrights From June: http://bit.ly/efzWF4 – Finland proposes lowering municipal voting age to 16! #16tovote

youthrights Also from June: http://bit.ly/h4XjIc – Great opinion piece from Indiana calling for lower voting age! #16tovote

youthrights From July: http://bit.ly/eQifQr – British youth chime in on lower voting age #16tovote

youthrights Australian Greens for lower voting age! http://bit.ly/9GPh2M (from June) #16tovote

youthrights WaPo opinion piece about lowering the voting age to TEN! http://bit.ly/8ZRO1Y (from August) #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

youthrights Will take a few years, but Finland’s trying to lower their voting age! http://bit.ly/acwXUV (from August) #16tovote

youthrights Lower voting age in New Brunswick? http://bit.ly/i6d8GI (from September) #16tovote

SnipeMe Oh Christ, 158 new tweets? I’m not reading all that shit. #16tovote is to blame! ๐Ÿ™‚

SchoolSurvival RT @bicyclingfish Lowering the voting age to 16 is just a start! Age-based discrimination should be banned altogether! #16tovote

youthrights In November, Vermont voters spoke: http://bit.ly/bjCKWy 17yos can now vote in primaries! #16tovote

youthrights Our own Jeff Nadel is quoted in this article about the Lowell, MA voting age: http://bit.ly/aXCOzk #16tovote

bicyclingfish Voting age restrictions caused by fear of youth. Impacts? Find them at http://bit.ly/8Ecnv1 #16toVote

youthrights Three hours to go in this festive holiday season edition of #16tovote on the 16th! Great tweets today so far! Thanks everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

sciville Dear Santa, Your wooden toys are nice, but this year, what kids really need for Christmas is… representation! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights So what’s on the horizon for lower voting age campaigns in 2011? What other states/provinces/territories/countries will lower it? #16tovote

youthrights However many teens have jobs this holiday season, however much income tax those jobs generate… none of those teens can vote. #16tovote

youthrights Great voting age news out of Canada, @Mike_de_Jong supports #16tovote!!!!!… http://fb.me/Oi6j0SJ9

youthrights Check out this thread on our forums from 2006, posted by a member who had just voted… underage! http://bit.ly/gGuvHr! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival RT @arclights My own view is that there should be no voting age, but 16 would be an improvement. #16tovote

youthrights At 16, you can research candidates and come to conclusions just as well as an adult. It’s the only “ability” voting involves. #16tovote

arclights Today in 1773, Bostonians protested taxation w/o representation by dumping tea in the harbor. Teens are taxed, but not represented #16tovote

youthrights Less than an hour to go! Great #16tovote on the 16th! Let’s give this last one of the year a good finish! ๐Ÿ™‚

teh_maxh @youthrights Last #16tovote EVER you mean.

youthrights @teh_maxh Nope! Next #16tovote on the 16th will be Sunday, January 16, the first of 2011! ๐Ÿ˜›

teh_maxh @youthrights We can only have #16tovote in 2011 if there IS a 2011. That isn’t a certainty.

sciville New Congress and Senate in January. Those of us who CAN vote must vote in pro-#16tovote candidates!

youthrights As 2011 is soon to begin, we must continue to garner support for lowering the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights There’s every reason to be hopeful! This year alone has contained numerous attempts around the world to lower voting ages! #16tovote

youthrights We all have family, friends, neighbors, elected officials, etc. who must know the importance of #16tovote. We all must speak up.

youthrights Certainly, we all have followers right here on Twitter, and spreading the word about #16tovote is what this monthly even is for!

youthrights @Mike_de_Jong You’re very welcome! Best of luck on lowering the BC voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote (response to this)

teh_maxh Since I am legally forbidden from voting with a ballot, I am voting with NUCLEAR LAUNCH CODES. Support #16tovote to keep this fictional.

youthrights Day after day, more restrictions are suggested or placed on youth, in the false name of protection, and they can’t stop it. #16tovote

youthrights Restrictions range from free speech violations, abstinence only education, driving limits… that teens cannot vote against. #16tovote

youthrights Teens can be sent to abusive “treatment” programs that certain Senators won’t regulate, because the victims aren’t their voters. #16tovote

youthrights School paddling remains legal in 22 states, as those paddled are too young to vote, and adults just want to control them. #16tovote

teh_maxh @youthrights Wait… I thought teens were supposed to be the ones with no consideration of the future. #16tovote

youthrights But there’s hope. We’re speaking up about this, more and more people know. Lowell, MA and others are SO close to lower voting age. #16tovote

youthrights Our members, our chapters, and so many other dedicated youth rights supporters are talking, debating, convincing, acting… for #16tovote.

youthrights More people are listening, realizing that lowering the voting age, giving youth a VOICE is the only real way to set things right. #16tovote

youthrights And in this holiday season of hope, let’s welcome 2011, and stay the course. We’re well on our way! For #16tovote and much more! ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights In the new year, let’s Never Stop Fighting – http://bit.ly/fIeoeK – for youth suffrage and more! #16tovote

youthrights That about does it for #16tovote on the 16th – Holiday Edition! Thanks so much, everyone, for your participation and support! Credits soon.

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @sciville @teh_maxh @arclights @taradinoc @PracticalRad @piggytailmommie @silverwolf1977 @DavidWhe @nyradc

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Lillyfor16 @davymoss @SamCEllis @alexdmaynard @underbellie @kbeth_x @naggingtree @IrisVanRooij @kpalicz

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @hmsdragonfly @FreedomOfEd @pam_gantt @unschoollife @rahara_dreams @zonsvertrouw @MaxKaminCross @bra1ny1

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Holly_Simpson @JANieuwenhuizen @TheCatAndTheKey @JoeUnfiltered @YouthActivism @belle_rich @SchoolSurvival

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @giveupurwaffles @KaelinHardrit @LoganJ7 @raldakejla @EIFY @bicyclingfish @Baby_Love_Child

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Ad_Jd @geoffreyfoster @tomwburke and anyone I missed! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! See you 1/16/11! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights First #16tovote on the 16th of 2011 will be, of course, Sunday, January 16! Until then, have a wonderful holiday season and stay warm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Alright, that’s the last #16tovote on the 16th of the year! We do it again in January, the first of 2011, what we hope will be an even more promising year for the campaign to lower the voting age, and other important youth rights battles!

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