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#16tovote on the 16th – June 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Jun 17, 2010

The fifth run of #16tovote on the 16th, our monthly Twitter campaign to raise awareness of lowering the voting age, has come and gone. Just like before, youth rights supporters on Twitter tweeted and retweeted a lot about lowering the voting age, using the #16tovote hashtag, spreading the word to all of their followers. While some of our usual participants were conspicuously absent, we got a lot of new participants who eagerly jumped into the fun! Also, since school is out now, some who usually couldn’t participate until late afternoon were able to get into it earlier in the day.

The event was even praised by the chair of the UK Youth Parliament! ๐Ÿ™‚

The sixth run will be, of course, on Friday, July 16. If you’re not already following NYRA on Twitter, do it now!

But for now, here’s the recap of the June edition of #16tovote on the 16th!

youthrights Hey, everybody! It’s time for yet another… #16tovote on the 16th!!! Here’s Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age – http://bit.ly/cavxOT

teh_maxh Yay, it’s #16tovote day!

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is our day we tweet and retweet a lot about why the voting age needs to be lowered! With the #16tovote hashtag. ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Here’s May’s #16tovote on the 16th recap again: http://bit.ly/cjXnJD If you reuse tweets, try to credit original author. Common courtesy. ๐Ÿ™‚

sciville The STAND UP act annoys me to no end. Can we lower the voting age so politicians wouldn’t dare propose this anti-teen crap? #16tovote

youthrights Minimum age for voting should be dropped to 16? – http://bit.ly/d2etTt Of course! That’s what we’ve been saying! #16tovote

teh_maxh #16tovote: because it’s not like we can make things worse.

teh_maxh #16tovote for great justice.

youthrights Good morning, everyone! It’s once again #16tovote on the 16th! Hope your day is great. Now let’s spread support for a lower voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚

teh_maxh #16tovote: important enough to tweet about without internet or working phone.

youthrights Teens pay city taxes but aren’t allowed outside at night, due to a curfew they weren’t allowed to vote against. #16tovote

youthrights Disenfranchisement helps no one, only blocks rights. Engagement and involvement help everyone and supports rights! #16tovote

youthrights When youth have no say, they’re at the mercy of exploitative adults. Abstinence only ed and Texas textbook revisions, for example. #16tovote

SnipeMe Why is the voting age talked about like voting is something you need to qualify for? Voting is a RIGHT, not a privilege! #16tovote

youthrights Lowering the voting age is giving teens a real political voice. Don’t be afraid of what they’ll say. It will be good. #16tovote

DegrassiPwns Teens face the legal punishments of an adults but don’t get the rights they have? Doesn’t sound right to me. #16tovote

youthrights Will Finland be the next to lower the voting age to 16? http://bit.ly/9d8nay Come on, Finland, you can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Why aren’t these places shut down yet? http://bit.ly/dy2UMY Because the young victims can’t vote, so officials see no rush. #16tovote

SnipeMe @Synthaetica Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age – http://bit.ly/cavxOT (so you won’t rehash old arguments anymore, lol) #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn At 16, you can legally have a job. If you work and pay taxes, shouldn’t you have a say in how your tax money is spent? #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn Adults who have no connection to schools can vote on school issues, but the students who attend those schools cannot. #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn In many places, the voting age has already been lowered to 16, like local elections in some German states. It’s working. #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn In fact, the voter turnout in those German states among 16 and 17 y/o is higher than that of 18-24 y/o. #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn A 16 year old is just as capable of researching candidates and their platforms as any adult over 18. #16tovote

youthrights Lower voting age means politicians are accountable to youth. As long as they aren’t, youth are unsafe. #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn They say a 16 y/o isn’t smart enough to vote. 1. Generalizations are never accurate. 2. Adults can be stupid, too. #16tovote

youthrights Wondering about all these #16tovote tweets? It’s #16tovote on the 16th! Join us in tweeting about why the voting age must be lowered. ๐Ÿ™‚

TheKhaetlyn US Fed law says adults with a grade 6 education are smart enough to vote. So why can’t a 16 y/o with a grade 10 education vote? #16tovote

youthrights “We’re asking for your support. We want the right to vote.” http://bit.ly/9lVTJh That’s our voting age TV ad, of course! #16tovote

youthrights Think 16-year-olds wouldn’t vote? Not your call. Give them the vote and they’ll decide if and how to use it. #16tovote

youthrights Engage, include, and respect young people, and you’ll have no reason whatsoever to be afraid of them having voting rights! #16tovote

youthrights The owners and staff of these behavior mod facilities can vote. http://bit.ly/dy2UMY The teens they torture and kill can’t. #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn A 16 year old is just as capable of researching candidates and their platforms as any adult over 18. #16tovote

youthrights Some say “teens are still living at home on allowances”. Denying the vote because of source of money? Really? #16tovote

TheKhaetlyn @youthrights If you deny teens on allowances the right to vote, why isn’t that standard held up for unemployed adults? #16tovote

youthrights That “allowance” comment was from the opposing lawyer in this voting age debate with @kpalicz http://bit.ly/dlOyNv a while back. #16tovote

youthrights Support lowering the voting age? Speak up! That’s what #16tovote on the 16th is all about! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Austria: home to enfranchised 16-year-olds since 2007! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights When participating in #16tovote on the 16th, don’t forget the #16tovote hashtag! It’s kind of essential. ๐Ÿ˜‰

youthrights United Kingdom, Spain, Ghana, and Finland (and probably more) have been seriously considering lowering their voting ages to 16! #16tovote

youthrights Should only Russians decide who our US Senators are? Of course not. Then how come only adults can vote for school boards? #16tovote

youthrights The STAND UP Act is trying to keep teens (who conveniently can’t vote) from driving on the roads their taxes pay for. #16tovote

youthrights Sixteen is old enough to vote! http://www.youthrights.org/votingage.php RT if you support lowering the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Teens aren’t innately “too immature” to vote. That’s just an excuse used to justify not informing or including them. #16tovote

youthrights Many teens have and handle great responsibility. If it were true teens are unprepared to vote, it’s society’s failing, not theirs. #16tovote

teh_maxh As long as there’s a secret ballot, there’s no way for parents to force teens to vote a certain way. #16tovote

youthrights Can’t infantilize and isolate teens, yet act like they’re the incapable ones. Educate, enfranchise, and be pleasantly surprised! #16tovote

youthrights The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Raising it would be unconstitutional. Lowering it is fine, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Contacted your elected officials about a lower voting age? What did they say? Tell us: http://forums.youthrights.org #16tovote

SnipeMe Many 16 year olds work and pay taxes, but can’t vote. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!! #16tovote

SnipeMe In fact, EVERY CHILD who has EVER bought ANYTHING pays sales tax! NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!! #16tovote

bicyclingfish Have you ever read this @Edutopia article about lowering the voting age? http://www.edutopia.org/teen-ticket #16tovote

youthrights Have articles or videos about lowering the voting age? #16tovote on the 16th (today!) is the day to share them! Don’t forget the hashtag!

kpalicz @TeamJordanR can climb Mount Everest at 13, but has to wait 5 years to vote. That doesn’t make sense. Lower the voting age to 16 #16tovote

18todrink You can be tried as an adult under 18, so why don’t you have the rights of one while under 18? #16tovote

18todrink Voting Rights Act of 1965 says those with a 6th grade edu. are smart enough to vote, so why aren’t they letting them? #16tovote

youthrights If the concern is uninformed young voters, solution is to give information, not to withhold rights! #16tovote

teh_maxh We support #16tovote. So should you!

sciville Some think teens aren’t smart enough to vote. I think anyone who readily discriminates like that shouldn’t vote. #16tovote

kingnixon we’ve gone from every land-owning white male over 21, to everyone over 18. almost there! (16 is no better, but that’s the tag) #16tovote

sciville When non-voters oppose lowering the voting age, I think it’s because they know it would strengthen an electoral system they hate. #16tovote

youthrights RT @thegreathal Reason for 18yo voting age? Misguided tradition and not much else. It was 21, then 18, now it should be… #16tovote

J0lt_C0la There is no such thing as a bad vote, only a vote that is different from the opinion of the person who thinks it is bad. #16tovote

youthrights Do you and 4 friends want to lower the voting age? Great! Start a NYRA chapter! http://bit.ly/cP6Eh1 #16tovote

sciville In 2008, I showed the voting age ad http://bit.ly/9lVTJh to @mob_org and won some flip cams for @youthrights! #16tovote

youthrights Children MUST be seen AND heard http://youtu.be/eo016Q9M9lg (video) #16tovote

sciville Here I am back in 2007 stuttering and stammering about lowering the voting age! http://youtu.be/0dAmQbwEvDI Enjoy! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival Voting age may be lowered to 16 in Finnish municipal elections #16tovote http://bit.ly/9PVwlb

DegrassiPwns http://www.youthrights.org/positionpapers.php#mission #16tovote

youthrights How to Make a Voting Age Video – http://bit.ly/bvSZd0 #16tovote

Chipmazing Don’t you hate that all those damn teens with their rebelliousness. Who do they think they are, a disenfranchised underclass? #16toVote

teh_maxh Why don’t we see the AARP supporting #16tovote? Don’t they oppose ageism?

youthrights Thanks so much, everyone, for participating in #16tovote on the 16th today! Just under 3 hours to go! What else have we got? ๐Ÿ˜€ #16tovote

youthrights Lower voting age in Scotland? That’d be sweet! http://bit.ly/b90WF2 #16tovote

LoganJ7 Voting age may be lowered to 16 in Finnish municipal elections #16tovote http://bit.ly/bUmzHT

PsyAmp More important than soccer #16tovote

teh_maxh Fifteen minutes left of #16tovote!

TheKhaetlyn While #16tovote ends in 15 minutes on the east coast, our struggle for the right to vote should continue every day.

J0lt_C0la http://bit.ly/a8YJtf Because even “adults” vote for the sort of ‘bad’ reasons that they say youth will base their votes upon. #16tovote

youthrights Don’t tell teens to wait 2 more years. Things are happening NOW! Change is happening NOW! We need a lower voting age NOW! #16tovote

youthrights And… that about does it for yet another awesome #16tovote on the 16th!!! Thanks so much, everyone! We do it again Friday, July 16!

teh_maxh Hope everyone enjoyed the latest #16tovote day! See you next month (or earlier)!

youthrights Stay tuned for #16tovote on the 16th recap and some Twitter feed clogging credits! ๐Ÿ˜‰

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @sciville @teh_maxh @silverwolf1977 @_luninha @SnipeMe @Parachute4Teens @DegrassiPwns @the_boy @TheKhaetlyn

youthrights Thanks for #16tovote tweets! @sirrontail @flowerfaerie087 @edevolving @MFIoF @vegancookiemon @maggienotmegan @contraceptioned @joshharsant

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @SamCEllis @TheStacia @veganpanda @tamikenn57 @studentactivism @taradinoc @vickycaswell @MdMathias

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @ChannelOneNews @bicyclingfish @kpalicz @18todrink @raelisavitt @kingnixon @J0lt_C0la @nickj_47 @teenvote

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @SchoolSurvival @Chipmazing @Pinensikwe @mob_org @LoganJ7 @EIFY @PsyAmp @FreedomofEd @_Brain_Picker_

youthrights And thanks to any I forgot to list! (If I forgot you, speak up!) Next #16tovote on the 16th is Friday, July 16! Can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

See you all then! ๐Ÿ™‚

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