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#16tovote on the 16th – February 2011

Written by Katrina Moncure Feb 17, 2011

We’ve completed the 13th run of #16tovote on the 16th, and we’ve now been doing it a full year! As I said yesterday, again, thanks so much to all of you for helping to make this event great! Along with the usual tweeting about lowering the voting age, there was an air of joy, that this humble little Twitter hashtag campaign that began a year ago has continued a full year and longer, watching voting age developments and promoting the cause to lower the voting age. Like last month’s, this one saw around 50+ participants, higher than most, all to spread the word to their own Twitter followers, by tweeting and retweeting the great #16tovote tweets! We do it again in four weeks, on Wednesday, March 16! Be sure you’re following us on Twitter!

But for now, here’s the recap!

youthrights A year ago today was the first #16tovote on the 16th! Still at it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here’s Top 10 Reasons to LOWER THE VOTING AGE! http://bit.ly/cavxOT

youthrights It’s also the birthday of former NYRA board member, @J0lt_C0la! She shares a birthday with #16tovote on the 16th! ๐Ÿ™‚

teh_maxh #16tovote. That is all. Fuck you.

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is now a year old! Thanks so much to those of you who have helped make it great! http://bit.ly/dXHH35

youthrights Teens work and therefore pay income taxes into a system in which they have no ballot. Lovely. #16tovote

arclights #16tovote on the 16th has been going on for one year, and I’m tired of it. But not as tired as I was of not having a vote after 16 years.

youthrights What if all African countries lowered their voting ages to 16? http://bit.ly/hd7qG2 #16tovote

arclights “No taxation without representation”: Teens are taxed. They have a RIGHT to be represented. #16tovote

arclights Revolutions don’t have minimum ages. Neither should voting. #16tovote, or better, #0tovote

arclights Some think teens would just vote for hot candidates. But adults support Obama and Palin. #16tovote

arclights Can you think of a better way to inculcate political apathy in teenagers than a high voting age? #16tovote, or better, #0tovote

arclights Prez: โ€œI want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it.โ€ How about one where she couldโ€™ve voted? #9tovote #16tovote 4 starters

arclights โ€œKids would vote for politicians that offer free ice cream.โ€ โ€œAdults voted themselves subsidized health insurance.โ€ #16tovote

youthrights Should students get to vote for school board? Definitely. It may happen in Washington! http://bit.ly/hvySU2 #16tovote

sciville I’m 27 now, but my political views and voice were NO less valid a decade ago. Yet it wasn’t wanted back then. #16tovote

arclights Who do you think is going to have to pay off that federal debt? #16tovote, or get the not-yet-conceived to vote if you can!

sciville NYRA’s Prez and VP Jeff and Jackie are waaay more politically knowledgeable than I am. But they’re under 18 and can’t vote. ๐Ÿ™ #16tovote

teh_maxh Support #16tovote or I will rip off your head and shove disembodied dicks down what is left of your throat.

LisaStarlynn thinking of tweets for #16tovote. Hmm…

teh_maxh Besides, #16tovote is just a good idea, for the reasons we’ve spent a year telling you prats.

youthrights “Pass the 28th Amendment – Lower the Voting Age!” by @fredkarger – http://huff.to/gAL1bP #16tovote

youthrights Wondering what’s going on? It’s #16tovote on the 16th – Anniversary Edition! We’re tweeting about why the voting age should be lower! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights No teen voting rights means marginalization, which allows for demonization, which allows for this: http://bit.ly/fQ3bGv #16tovote

sciville My dog has the same voting rights as your honor student. #16tovote

sciville What’s that? You think your vote should matter but a teen’s shouldn’t? Because you’re the adult? That attitude is mature… how? #16tovote

sciville You say teens shouldn’t vote. I say YOU shouldn’t vote if you support disenfranchising innocent citizens. Conundrum! #16tovote

youthrights Have you checked out our Voting Age forum? http://bit.ly/bPJ1Yz ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

sciville Primary Prep – http://bit.ly/ap91M4 – Googling candidates before voting on them. And you think teens can’t do that? #16tovote

DeathfromNG 16 year olds with jobs pay taxes, yet get no say in who’s running them. because that’s totally fair. #16tovote

DeathfromNG young people live in america too. they should be able to help pick their leaders. #16tovote

youthrights Good morning! It is another lovely #16tovote on the 16th! Which began one year ago today! Let’s tweet for a lower voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Without a vote, going outside is seen as a privilege instead of a right. http://www.youthrights.org/curfew.php #16tovote

youthrights Check out this Twitition by @PaigeeLovesTW http://twitition.com/28e7p for #16tovote #Votesat16 in the UK!

youthrights Can you really blame teens for supposed political apathy when you won’t let them participate in politics? #16tovote

youthrights Lots of candidates love having teens help with campaigns. But what about those teens being able to vote for them? #16tovote

youthrights The ones Sen. Adams says have no right to privacy are the ones who can’t vote him out. http://bit.ly/halP77 How convenient. #16tovote

youthrights Youth can work and pay taxes but can’t vote. Typical of adult society’s “shut up and serve me” attitude toward youth. #16tovote

youthrights It’s the Anniversary of #16tovote on the 16th, our event for tweeting about lower voting age, with #16tovote hashtag! http://bit.ly/dXHH35

youthrights No #childabuse victims can vote. Almost all abusers of children can. Abusers get their say. Victims don’t. That is scary. #16tovote

youthrights Hitting your 18yo is illegal assault. Hitting your 17yo is legal “discipline”. 17yo can’t vote to change that legality. #16tovote

youthrights Created by @nyrasefl in 2008: http://bit.ly/9lVTJh Our TV ad about lowering the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights School paddling: http://chn.ge/hAbjmu Still legal because its victims can’t vote, while discipline-happy adults can. #16tovote

youthrights School paddling: http://chn.ge/hAbjmu Adults who want to be tough on teens can vote. Teens who don’t want to be assaulted can’t. #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote is about teens having political interests separate from those of their parents that should be honored.

youthrights #16tovote is about defying adult privilege and egotism and extending a social voice to those younger.

youthrights Voting rights would not harm childhood: http://bit.ly/eeYwKL Would harm adult privilege, but that harm is needed. ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Remember that harming adult privilege and harming adults are NOT the same thing. Youth suffrage harms no one. Helps, though! #16tovote

youthrights Today is #16tovote on the 16th – Anniversary Edition! Support lowering the voting age? Of course you do. Speak up! ๐Ÿ™‚

davymoss Think we’d have corporal punishment in school if kids could vote? http://chn.ge/hb916 #16tovote

kpalicz I am so excited about seeing democracy sweep the middle east!! Since it was youth who led the protests I hope they consider #16tovote

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

IrisVanRooij @youthrights May I ask: Why does she want voting age to go up? #16tovote

taradinoc #16tovote because it’s harder to justify assault against your constituents http://chn.ge/hAbjmu

nicolecornu @youthrights: In Switzerland young people aged 16 do not have the right to vote but can prostitute themselves legally (no kidding) #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote is about seeing teens as individuals and just as much a vital part of society as their elders.

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is going GREAT! Once again, here’s Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age! http://www.youthrights.org/vote10.php

RickTRMusic I’m not saying there aren’t people without food and health care. But the little things help people too. #16tovote

youthrights Hey, @kpalicz has a Twitter avatar finally. It’s from this voting age debate he did several years back: http://bit.ly/dlOyNv #16tovote

studentactivism Curious what the rest of y’all think: What SHOULD the voting age be? #16tovote? Higher? Lower?

teh_maxh Because #18tovote is a bourgeoisie plot of oppression, the proletariat must rise up in international revolution to support #16tovote!

davymoss NYRA President Jeff Nadel will be on Headline News tonight at 6:30. He can’t vote but he can make adults look foolish on TV. #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote is about listening to teens as true citizens, not scapegoating them to exploit older voters’ fear of them.

teh_maxh @youthrights Stop mixing politics with logic. Here’s how you do it: SUPPORT #16TOVOTE OR YOU’RE A COMMU– ERM, TERRORIST!

teh_maxh @youthrights Speaking of plan B, #16tovote would ensure that teens could buy it for themselves.

Khaetlyn Today is #16ToVote! On the 16th of every month, use the #16tovote hashtag to tweet why the voting age should be lower. (Via @youthrights)

youthrights 17 hours into #16tovote on the 16th AND NYRA President Jeffrey Nadel will be on CNN HLN tonight at 6:30pm. Big day! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights #16tovote is believing youth who want to take part in society should be welcomed, not turned away and treated as stupid or criminal.

nicolecornu Lowering the voting age down to 16 would enlarge democracy and take young people for serious in their (political) opinion #16tovote

youthrights What are parents worried their kids might be talking about on social networking sites… a lower voting age? #16tovote

youthrights Alright, CNN HLN is confusing and infuriating. Back to #16tovote on the 16th! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Okay, for real now, back to #16tovote on the 16th!

youthrights Now for something awesome… here’s Usiel Phoenix speaking for free speech and #16tovote in front of SCOTUS! http://youtu.be/sVFWwGyPAX4

youthrights We can’t let youth rights be eroded any more. We have to enable teens to defend themselves, including in the ballot box. #16tovote

studentactivism .@b9AcE Any test of competency to vote – at any age – takes us down a very ugly road. It’s not an option. #16tovote

LisaStarlynn If teens can learn a subject such as Geometry at school, then they can vote & learn about the candidates. #16tovote

LisaStarlynn In all honesty, I think learning about political candidates would be MUCH less complicated than Geometry. #16tovote #justsayin

LisaStarlynn It’s bad enough that there R cities that enforce curfew laws for a group that can’t even vote! #16tovote

LisaStarlynn My friend Ben said something around these lines: “Who would you rather have vote: a smart 16 y/o or a dumb 30 y/o?” #16tovote

LisaStarlynn Both adults & teens are capable of making irresponsible, ill-informed decisions. No group is superior or inferior to the other. #16tovote

LisaStarlynn Don’t complain about how teens R too dumb & don’t know enough about politics to vote. Complain that they’re NOT being taught. #16tovote

J0lt_C0la #16tovote because I just turned 21 but I don’t feel any different from yesterday, and I was the same non-different on my 18th birthday.

LisaStarlynn I must go offline now, but I shall participate in #16tovote later! ๐Ÿ˜€ @youthrights

RickTRMusic @youthrights He can vote: http://tinyurl.com/458dufd But she can’t: http://www.davidsongifted.org/images/koproof.jpg Why? #16tovote

SnipeMe 94 new tweets? FUCK YOU #16tovote, goddamnit!

RickTRMusic It’s argued that teens would make bad voting decisions. Not any more than any other age group! #potcallskettleblack #16tovote

youthrights Why not lower the voting age? Afraid teens wouldn’t vote? Well, if so, nothing would change, so why worry? #16tovote

studentactivism …I think some time in early adolescence is where the benefits outweigh the risks of youth voting. Say 12? #16tovote

studentactivism .@destructuremal Right. I don’t mind influence. We all influence each other. I mind improper influence. Coercion. #16tovote

youthrights This has been an amazing #16tovote on the 16th! Thanks so much, everyone! Three hours to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

RickTRMusic Let’s make this TREND baby. #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th began one year ago today! Once again, here’s our thanks to you for helping make it great! http://bit.ly/dXHH35 ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights How can anyone lament the low voter turnout among youth while opposing lowering the voting age? #16tovote means more voters!

youthrights Oppose the teen vote because you fear teens would vote against your interests? Then convince and engage them. Don’t silence them. #16tovote

youthrights When we truly involve teens in society, they’ll be more informed and vote well. Keeping them out helps no one. #16tovote

youthrights “Let Teens Vote” – http://bit.ly/gFJTYO via @campusprogress #16tovote

youthrights Right now, school boards are accountable only to parents, teachers, and random other local adults. But not to the actual students! #16tovote

youthrights Adult voters cannot serve the interests of youth. Youth must speak for themselves with their own votes! #16tovote

LisaStarlynn If you can get a job, you should be able to have a say in your min. wage! #16tovote

LisaStarlynn If you can drive, you should have a say in driving laws also. #16tovote

LisaStarlynn #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote #16tovote :3

youthrights Just under an hour to go in this lovely Anniversary Edition of #16tovote on the 16th! Let’s give it a good finish! ๐Ÿ™‚

davymoss @VinniePolitan We never asked you to stop talking about safety and responsibility. Parents aren’t overlords. #16tovote

LisaStarlynn A toast to #16tovote’s 1st anniversary! 8D @youthrights @arclights @j0lt_c0la @sciville @teh_maxh @davymoss & all the YR supporters! ๐Ÿ™‚

LisaStarlynn Here’s to #16tovote being awesome next month too!

youthrights “They’ll vote like their parents” is not a valid argument against #16tovote. Yes, more than one person will vote for the same candidate.

teh_maxh @youthrights We could make it a valid argument against #16tovote only if we banned voting (as discussed by Holt).

youthrights Age does not tell you anything about how, why, or if someone votes. Everyone is different and deserves representation! #16tovote

youthrights Check out “Denied the Right to Vote – Never Stop Fighting” – http://bit.ly/fIeoeK – by our own board member @teenvote! #16tovote

youthrights Without the vote, basic rights like free speech, assembly, and movement can be seen as privileges. We owe youth better! #16tovote

arclights Smack your wife: horrible crime. Smack your teen daughter: perfectly legal. Why? Who wrote the laws? #16tovote

youthrights One year ago today was the first #16tovote on the 16th, a humble 70-tweet-total beginning, but it sure has grown! ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights Since then, we’ve kept it going, long-time youth rights supporters and brand new supporters alike, speaking up about #16tovote!

youthrights This past year, we’ve seen lots of articles, videos, and blogs promoting and proposing lowering the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Many countries, states, provinces, and towns are considering granting youth that sacred right to a real political voice. #16tovote

youthrights Is all this #16tovote tweeting really helping? Sure. Awareness and solidarity are important. We must keep up the dialogue and overt support.

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th spreads awareness and support. To make it happen, that’s for our chapters! http://www.youthrights.org/chapters.php

youthrights And to help the chapters succeed, we must speak up in support of lowering the voting age, loud and often! #16tovote

youthrights And that does it for this #16tovote on the 16th – Anniversary Edition. Thanks SO much! Feed-clogging credits up soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

TheLillyTheory So yeah, lower the voting age! #16tovote. That is all. ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @silverwolf1977 @LisaStarlynn @teh_maxh @TheLillyTheory @TeacherSabrina @sciville @arclights @PracticalRad

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @lesuco @toyotabedzrock @IrisVanRooij @SchoolSurvival @gabjoh @DeathfromNG @CamilaSwartz @studentactivism

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @ariannataboada @Flor_Antillana @kevfel16 @Beany_C @Abi1604 @oinonio @MariaLiaCalvo @AcctgWarrior @kpalicz

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @vrijnatuurlijk @davymoss @3PennyMovies @nicolecornu @taradinoc @jjarichardson @Pinensikwe @RickTRMusic

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @publichistorian @Yticilef @Khaetlyn @yacwa @StrawberryTech @topherrooney @dialhforhannah @pandacubes

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @wurmnetz @worsement @Otaku_Linuxbird @J0lt_C0la @A_Lachesis @the_boy @geoffreyfoster @Livable4All @PsyAmp

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @ncasenmare @ThomasNorm @_MattTaylor @OGAplusK @SnipeMe @robainly @Jordan_Carr And anyone I missed! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights We do it again in exactly four weeks, on Wednesday, March 16! The next #16tovote on the 16th! Goodnight, everybody! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks everyone! Here’s to many great runs of #16tovote on the 16th in its second year!

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