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#16tovote on the 16th – July 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Jul 17, 2010

We’ve now had the sixth run of #16tovote on the 16th! As usual, we all got on Twitter and tweeted why we want a lower voting age, with the #16tovote hashtag. This was the second time it’s been on a Friday. It had a lot of the usual spouting of short talking points, and it even got a bit conversational here and there. The next will be Monday, August 16, of course. As usual, here’s the recap!

youthrights And now… #16tovote on the 16th!!!! Here are Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age! http://www.youthrights.org/vote10.php

youthrights What countries are looking to lower the voting age to 16? For one, Australia! http://bit.ly/9GPh2M #16tovote

SnipeMe NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!! Over 2 centuries later, ppl are still getting taxed without being represented. #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/CTo1cJeY

nyradc While needs to be updated, here’s our chapter’s page on lowering the voting age! http://bit.ly/987pxm #16tovote

nyradc Here’s the video of the 7/10/10 hearing. http://bit.ly/audXrw Our own Connell Wise speaks about lowering the voting age at 59:45! #16tovote

teh_maxh Florida has a little secret: you only have to be #16tovote.

sciville If you don’t support lowering the voting age, you have no business complaining about low voter turnout. #16tovote

youthrights Is that so? How do you mean? RT @teh_maxh: Florida has a little secret: you only have to be #16tovote.

youthrights Oh, ok, gotcha! #16tovote RT @teh_maxh: @youthrights Voter registration starts at age sixteen. Registered voters can of course vote.

arclights The voting age: discrimination made constitutional. #16tovote — or better, #0tovote

arclights “But the kids will just vote for the hot, charming candidate.” “You mean, like Obama or Palin?” #16tovote

arclights “With education as bad as it is, can we trust students to vote?” “Adult voters made it that bad.” #16tovote

arclights “Teens don’t know enough to vote.” “They know how the law oppresses teens.” #16tovote

arclights “Kids should learn more US history before voting.” “Like, ‘no taxation without representation’?” #16tovote

youthrights @TheKhaetlyn Don’t know. That’s what @teh_maxh was saying anyway. He’s 17 and has registered to vote. May try to vote! #16tovote

arclights Parents’ votes represent their kids the way Englishmen’s votes represented Americans: only in the officials’ imaginations. #16tovote

arclights If we lower the voting age to 16, we won’t have to have #16tovote on the 16th anymore. (Then we can have #14tovote on the 14th…)

youthrights Off to a nice start! It’s #16tovote on the 16th! If you support lowering the voting age, speak up! That’s the whole idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Khaetlyn With public schools in the shape that they are, can we really afford to not let those students vote on school issues? #16tovote

sciville “16: Old Enough to Vote” – http://bit.ly/djpAt6 – First ordered those stickers for @youthrights nearly 4 years ago! Buy one! #16tovote

teh_maxh @arclights But what will we do when we get to #0tovote? Last day of the previous month? #16tovote is easier.

youthrights Hope you’re all having a lovely summer morning on this #16tovote on the 16th! Now let’s talk about lowering that pesky voting age! ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights “Teens would just vote like their parents.” You mean… someone might vote the same as someone else?! *gasp* Oh, no! ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

hardymacia #16tovote why 16 and not 15? What about if you pay more in taxes than you receive in govt benefits you can vote?

youthrights Certainly, @hardymacia @arclights, lowering the voting age to 16 is a viable goal right now, but we have nothing against younger. #16tovote

youthrights Valid political opinions begin well before age 18. Let’s give them a real VOICE! Lower the voting age! #16tovote

Khaetlyn Contrary to popular belief, valid political opinions don’t magically form and hold more weight when someone turns 18. #16tovote

Khaetlyn At 16, you can legally work, pay taxes, but don’t have a say in how your tax money is spent. #16tovote

Khaetlyn The last time there was taxation without representation, it started a revolution. #16tovote

youthrights Thanks, @sciville! Proceeds from sticker sales fund our projects to achieve our goals, one of which is a lower voting age! #16tovote

Khaetlyn Isn’t it convenient that the very people, the only people, curfew laws would effect weren’t allowed to vote? #16tovote

youthrights Exactly, @Khaetlyn! They keep the voting age high so they can exploit those under it without consequence to please adult voters! #16tovote

Khaetlyn How can we make sure politicians take an active roll with issues important to young people if we can’t hold them accountable? #16tovote

teh_maxh @youthrights Are we doing #16tovote or world domination first?

youthrights Good question! ๐Ÿ˜› RT @teh_maxh @youthrights Are we doing #16tovote or world domination first?

Khaetlyn Friends in #SC: remember the arts budget that was almost cut? Do we want politicians in office with no respect for the arts? No. #16tovote

youthrights When Iowa City considered a curfew, police chief out and said teen opinion was not welcome. Lower voting age will change that! #16tovote

Khaetlyn @SocialistViews Does the ISO support lowering the voting age to 16? Ralph Nader does, and others. Please join in on #16tovote if you do.

youthrights Good question, @CommonCause! Voting shouldn’t be mandatory but more people should have the choice, through a lower voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Actually, @teh_maxh, just found it. You posted it! Here’s the link: http://u.nu/23gy Last line. ๐Ÿ™ #16tovote

youthrights One way to look at it, @Chipmazing! W/o the vote, teens are victims of political abuse by oppressive laws made w/o their consent. #16tovote

youthrights Adults with no involvement with school get more say in it than students do. Where’s the sense in that? Lower the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Voting Rights Act of 1965 says you only need a 6th grade education to vote. Aren’t 6th graders generally 11-12? #16tovote

youthrights 16-year-olds are hardworking, tax-paying, responsible, sensible, knowledgeable, mercilessly scapegoated CITIZENS! #16tovote

youthrights 16-year-olds know the issues, can think for themselves, and are a valuable part of the community and country! Where’s their say? #16tovote

youthrights It’s no #16tovote on the 16th without… our voting age ad! http://bit.ly/9lVTJh Created in 2008 by the @nyrasefl TEENS! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chipmazing Minors, the permanent minorities. Always strive against second class citizenship. #16tovote

youthrights 11 states have proposed lowering the voting age. Wonder which state will be first! Could make bets on it… ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

youthrights And if #DC is the first to lower the voting age, since the bet could be which STATE was first, that’d be a fun squabble. ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

youthrights Convenient how abstinence-only politicians talk about wanting to keep teens ignorant, and teens can’t vote them out for it. #16tovote

EIFY There is no democratic state. People who claim otherwise live in an authoritarian one for ~1/4 of their lives. #16tovote

youthrights Wondering what all this #16tovote tweeting is about? Today is #16tovote on the 16th! We’re tweeting about lowering the voting age!

youthrights Wondering why we – gasp! – think teens should have voting rights? Check out our page: http://www.youthrights.org/votingage.php #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote discussing during NYRA-DC testimony before the DC City Council. Check out Connell Wise on YouTube:… http://fb.me/DyeUzoL3

youthrights Some voted against Obama because he’s black and were allowed to. Anti-racist 16-year-olds however could not vote. #16tovote

youthrights Some voted against Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin because they’re women. Yet a 16-year-old feminist is too “immature” to vote. #16tovote

youthrights In her 1991 testimony before a Minnesota House subcommittee, 14-year-old Rebecca Tilsen had this to say:… #16tovote

youthrights If 16-year-olds are old enough to drink the water polluted by the industries that you regulate… #16tovote

youthrights If 16-year-olds are old enough to breathe the air ruined by garbage burners that government built… #16tovote

youthrights If 16-year-olds are old enough to walk on the streets made unsafe by terrible drugs and crime policies… #16tovote

youthrights If 16-year-olds are old enough to live in poverty in the richest country in the world… #16tovote

youthrights If 16-year-olds are old enough to get sick in a country with the worst public health-care programs in the world… #16tovote

youthrights And if 16-year-olds are old enough to attend school districts that you underfund… #16tovote

youthrights …Then 16-year-olds are old enough to play a part in making them better! #16tovote

youthrights Because teens can’t vote, officials are in no rush to shut these places down: http://bit.ly/dy2UMY #16tovote

youthrights What does “too immature to vote” even mean? Is there some objective standard that applies to no one 18+ and everyone under-18? #16tovote

youthrights Haha! True. ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote RT @teh_maxh @youthrights More than those who support 18+ (or worse, 21+) seem to have.

youthrights A 34yo who lives with parents, doesn’t work, & has violent temper still somehow passes this voting “maturity” standard. #16tovote

youthrights I wonder what opponents are so worried about. Nothing bad will happen when the voting age gets lowered. Plenty of good, though! #16tovote

youthrights Check out this voting age debate @kpalicz was in a few years ago: http://bit.ly/dlOyNv (video) #16tovote

youthrights If you refuse to talk to or include teens, of course you worry about them voting. You give them no reason to take your side. #16tovote

youthrights Teens come in many forms: students, athletes, entrepreneurs, employees, spouses, parents, soldiers, etc. They ALL need the vote! #16tovote

nyradc #16tovote discussed during NYRA-DC testimony before the DC City Council. Check out Connell Wise on YouTube:… http://fb.me/BZtopmjx

youthrights Exactly! #16tovote RT @elisaschafer @youthrights couldn’t agree more…. old enough to be taxed, old enough to vote ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Young criminals are tried as adults, yet the young law-abiding don’t get to vote like adults. #fail #16tovote

youthrights There’s no such thing as a wrong vote. So teens couldn’t possible “vote wrong”. #16tovote

youthrights By “wrong vote” do you mean a vote contrary to what you believe? Reach out to teens and you don’t have to worry about that! #16tovote

Khaetlyn @youthrights Unless they vote for a conservative. Then that’s pretty wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

youthrights LOL! RT @Khaetlyn @youthrights Unless they vote for a conservative. Then that’s pretty wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

youthrights Funny how the government-funded ONDCP’s anti-drug ads only ever target and blame people too young to vote! #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is going great! Thanks to everyone who has participated! There are still several hours left,… http://fb.me/EESUe9w2

Nulono #16tovote Plenty of teenagers are well-informed, especially compared to the TEA Partiers.

arclights @TheEconomist How about people who are deprived of their freedom without having committed a crime? #16tovote — or better, #0tovote

youthrights Check it out! Our collection of lower voting age flyers! http://bit.ly/cMIdPA Feel free to add your own! #16tovote

nyradc At the DC Council hearing last Saturday, we expressed our desire for a lower voting age in #DC! #16tovote

nyradc Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr was very supportive of lowering the voting age! #16tovote

nyradc Chairman Vincent Gray was more skeptical of a lower voting age, but thought the idea could have merit. #16tovote

SchoolSurvival 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 Glad it went well! RT @nyradc: At the DC Council hearing last Saturday, we expressed our desire for a lower voting age in #DC! #16tovote

sciville I was totally there! RT @nyradc: At the DC Council hearing last Saturday, we expressed our desire for a lower voting age in #DC! #16tovote

kpalicz RT@youthrights Funny how the government-funded ONDCP’s anti-drug ads only ever target and blame people too young to vote! #16tovote @SSDP

kpalicz Part 2 of NYRA-DC Member Connell Wise’s testimony about #16tovote at the DC City Council: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yMeY9-Gi0k

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

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

teh_maxh Stupid people don’t lose their stupidity at eighteen. #16tovote

LoganJ7 Voting rights urged for 16 and 17 year olds in UK #16tovote http://bit.ly/bNHnCN

the_boy #16toVote because we need these kids in the ballot booth as soon as possible http://www.therethinkers.com/

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

youthrights Lots of great #16tovote on the 16th tweeting, everyone! It’s going great! Just a little over an hour and a half to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

SchoolSurvival Why accuse teens of not being knowledgeable enough to vote when we don’t have that standard for adults? #16tovote

SchoolSurvival An 18-year-old voter is a good citizen. A 17-year-old voter is a dangerous felon. Weird. #16tovote

youthrights Thanks for yet another GREAT #16tovote on the 16th everyone! Feed-clogging credits coming up! ๐Ÿ˜›

teh_maxh There is a competency requirement for voting. We could lower the voting age with no worries of teen incompetence. #16tovote

gabjoh Last #16tovote of the day!

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets @sciville @teh_maxh @Khaetlyn @SnipeMe @arclights @hardymacia @_Brain_Picker_ @nyradc @BeckiWilsonPG @EIFY

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets @taradinoc @rhymeswithwolf @GarethAlteran @Chipmazing @ChannelOneNews @contraceptioned @MariaLiaCalvo

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets @AshleyLebesco @piggytailmommie @Scarleteen @silverwolf1977 @eastvalleychc @christhepolitic @thisisdaniel

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets @Halfsh0t @elisaschafer @SchoolSurvival @LoganJ7 @the_boy @NickJ47 @grateful_head @banytron @vrijnatuurlijk

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets @SSDP @kpalicz @Nulono @2123MelissaP @livesnotknives @gabjoh and anyone I missed. See you Monday, August 16!

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