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#16tovote on the 16th – September 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Sep 16, 2010

Another #16tovote on the 16th is complete! Lots of great #16tovote tweets about lowering the voting age, but once again, participation is way down, at 23 participants, only 2 more than in the first run in February. Hmm. Well, in any case, the event still went well! Here are the day’s tweets. Next one, of course, will be Saturday, October 16!

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youthrights And now the hottest phenomenon in the land… #16tovote on the 16th! Here’s Top 10 Reasons to LOWER THE VOTING AGE! http://bit.ly/cavxOT

teh_maxh #16tovote starts now!

youthrights Lots of primary elections this past Tuesday. How might results be different if the voting age were 16? #16tovote

sciville New on Sure, Why Not?: Primary Prep – http://bit.ly/ap91M4 Just in time for #16tovote on the 16th! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights So for this #16tovote on the 16th, there are a couple of NEW FEATURES! Info here: http://bit.ly/dlB8N3 ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th starts tonight at midnight! Along with the usual 24 hours of Twitter posting about lowering… http://fb.me/sZpjodKF

youthrights Government happily takes teenagers’ sales and income tax dollars, but doesn’t want their votes. Very rude! #16tovote

sciville Talked to my mom earlier this evening about the voting age. She thinks it should be 16 or even 14! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Awesome! RT @sciville: Talked to my mom earlier this evening about the voting age. She thinks it should be 16 or even 14! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights So who has talked about lowering the voting age with family or friends? Were they receptive or did it go badly? #16tovote

nyradc We must lower the #DC voting age to 16! With that horrid Mosquito in Gallery Place and the curfew, youth MUST have a voice! #16tovote

sciville My prep for Tuesday’s primary voting consisted mostly of Googling candidates. You really think under-18s can’t do that?! #16tovote

youthrights Vote on school board officials in the primary? Do you think you know better than the students on that? Yet they CAN’T vote. #16tovote

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is about solidarity and speaking up! The voting age MUST be lowered! Why do YOU want it lowered? Tell us! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Along with #16tovote tweeting today, don’t forget to leave some lower voting age comments here: http://bit.ly/dlB8N3

teenvote Lower the voting age to 16! Austria did it! Brazil did it! #16tovote

teenvote Empower youth! Lower the voting age to 16! #16tovote

youthrights Good morning! On this 8th run of #16tovote on the 16th! Lovely day and a fine assortment of #16tovote tweets so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights If you can’t fit your voting age thoughts into 140 characters, you can also post a comment here: http://fb.me/sZpjodKF ๐Ÿ˜€ #16tovote

youthrights Lower voting age means officials serve teens’ needs as PEOPLE, as CITIZENS! Instead, they’re treated as property and ignored. #16tovote

youthrights Youth curfews: another issue officials will consider without need or desire for youth input. Lower the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Politically, no vote means no personhood, which means no protection from rights violations. This is no way to treat youth! #16tovote

youthrights Election Day reminds adults of precious innate rights, reminds youth of how unwelcome they are in their own country. #16tovote

youthrights Many polling places are schools, a kids’ space! Kids are removed from their space for an event open only to adults. #16tovote

youthrights Vote is a voice, leads to greater quality of life, leads to healthier life. For healthy happy youth, lower the voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Remember! The 26th Amendment sets 18 as the MAXIMUM minimum voting age, not the minimum minimum! It CAN be lowered! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

youthrights It’s senseless to tell teens how vital voting is while pretending it’s a good thing to forbid them from it. #16tovote

youthrights Stop telling teens that nothing about their lives nor anything they have to say is important. It’s a big fat debilitating LIE! #16tovote

youthrights Today is #16tovote on the 16th, our monthly event promoting lowering the voting age! Which you of course support, so speak up! ๐Ÿ™‚

kpalicz How would our political discourse be different if 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote? How would our country change? #16tovote

youthrights Got a couple of comments so far about lowering the voting age! http://bit.ly/dlB8N3 Add your own! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights You love freedom. You love your children. But if you keep the two separate, you truly love neither. Lower the voting age! #16tovote

youthrights Check out our voting age ad @nyrasefl created 2 years ago! http://bit.ly/9lVTJh It aired on Comedy Central! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Let students vote on officials who make their school’s decisions. It is THEIR school, after all. Let them have their say! #16tovote

youthrights When youth are denied voting rights, they are denied the ability to protect themselves from oppressive laws! #16tovote

youthrights Imagine being subject to rules put in place to make someone else happy. That is the life of a disenfranchised youth. #16tovote

youthrights Today is #16tovote on the 16th! That’s why there’s lots of #16tovote tweets about lowering the voting age. We do this every month! ๐Ÿ™‚

audaciaray Great campaign! via @youthrights: Today is #16tovote on the 16th! Lower the voting age to be inclusive. A monthly campaign.

youthrights Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @audaciaray Great campaign! via @youthrights Today is #16tovote on the 16th! Lower the voting age to be inclusive.

youthrights As long as youth have no voting rights, they are at the mercy of those who do. This has not done them any good! #16tovote

youthrights Teens’ tax dollars pay for those roads you want to restrict them from driving on. And can’t vote you out for it. How convenient. #16tovote

youthrights RT @hardymacia Argue on voting about being more intelligent than some 40y/o. One left voting booth Tue saying ini mini miny moe. #16tovote

youthrights In case you’re new to this, #16tovote tweets aren’t to be coming from just us. Should come from ALL of us who want a lower voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights #16tovote on the 16th is about raising awareness of lowering the voting age as well as encouraging supporters to SPEAK UP! ๐Ÿ˜€

DegrassiPwns #16tovote go youth rights.

youthrights Lowering voting age is to believe in youth. Don’t believe in youth? Fine but don’t say you have society’s interests at heart. #16tovote

youthrights Maybe naysayers are right. If teens vote, they might *gasp!* vote based on their own interests as citizens! Oh noes! #16tovote

studentactivism I don’t often contribute, but I do love reading #16tovote every month, and I do support the cause.

youthrights Parents’ votes CAN’T represent their kids’ interests. A vote can ONLY represent the individual casting it. #16tovote

youthrights Uninformed adults are not stopped from voting, so stop using that as a reason teens shouldn’t have the right to vote! #16tovote

youthrights There’s a #16tovote on the 16th CHAT tonight at 8pm EDT! Get on AIM and invite yourself to chatroom “nyra” at that time! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Teens wouldn’t vote even if given the right? Either way means no teen votes. What exactly are you worried about then? ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

taradinoc @youthrights especially since parents’ interests often conflict with their kids’ interests! #16tovote

youthrights All child abuse victims cannot vote. Almost all child abusers can. This is not a good recipe for ending child abuse. #16tovote

SchoolSurvival Far too many want to be tough on teens. Far too few want to actually give them any power or say. Why is anyone okay with this? #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

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

youthrights When reusing #16tovote tweets from previous months (and they weren’t mine), please credit the original author. Common decency.

sciville Perhaps politicians opposed to lowering the voting age are just scared of teens’ AMAZING bullshit detection abilities! ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

youthrights Ah, @sciville wrote that nice voting age blog entry just in time for #16tovote on the 16th! She’s awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

sciville Awww, thanks, @youthrights, you’re very awesome, too! #16tovote on the 16th rules!

Khaetlyn Ah! I had school until 3:45 and Youth in Government club until almost 5. I haven’t yet participated in #16tovote today! Now homework…

youthrights Hey, @sciville, #16tovote on the 16th really your invention! Says so in the Annual Report! ๐Ÿ˜›

sciville Okay, @youthrights, this back and forth should stop before our supporters hurt themselves facepalming. Back to #16tovote on the 16th!

sciville Just made a NYRA forums post about how teen bullshit detection might affect politics! http://bit.ly/9qefpz Hehe. #16tovote

youthrights Would this Fayettevile curfew have a snowball’s chance in hell if teens could VOTE? http://bit.ly/ah6ICA Doubt it. #16tovote

SchoolSurvival If people are so offended by the idea of teens voting, they really need to find a better way to feel good about themselves. #16tovote

teh_maxh #16tovote. That is all.

youthrights Okay, #16tovote on the 16th chat time! Get on AIM and invite yourself into chat ID “nyra”.

teh_maxh Gah. What am I doing online now? I’m ill! OH RIGHT! I’M DOING #16tovote!

youthrights So, everyone, what are YOU doing or have done to help get the voting age lowered? #16tovote

teh_maxh Did you know that you can WIN THE GAME? Just support #16tovote IRL.

SchoolSurvival Sadly, many teens internalize the idea they are inferior. Without the vote, feeling of powerlessness runs deep. #16tovote

youthrights This #16tovote chat is getting silly. Just like all our chats! ๐Ÿ˜›

arclights After a few months, I’m tired of #16tovote. But not as tired as, at 16, I was of not being allowed to vote. Lower it already!

youthrights So we’ve agreed that sit ins at polling places and underage voting are AWESOME! #16tovote

youthrights @arclights Certainly open to suggestions to make #16tovote on the 16th more interesting! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have anything in mind?

SchoolSurvival Teens, neither you nor your friends are inferior to adults. You can’t mistrust each other. Stick together. Demand your rights! #16tovote

youthrights Know what else is awesome? Loopholes in voting age laws! #16tovote

sciville Maybe I should take a vacation to Austria. You know, reward them for lowering the voting age by giving tourism money. ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

youthrights Vermont may 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they’ll be 18 by general: http://bit.ly/c7QVrB Do it, Vermont! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival Asking if someone is mature enough to vote is like asking if they’re tall enough to do math. Has nothing to do with anything! #16tovote

jbbdude @youthrights CT already does that! We’re so close to #16tovote in my very own home state, I tell you

youthrights @jbbdude Yup! Several states allow 17yo to vote in primaries! Definitely a step in the right direction! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Among other countries doing it, many states proposing it, and our chapters pushing it, a lower voting age is WELL within grasp! #16tovote

youthrights Two years ago, Arizona Rep. Ed Ableser proposed an amendment to lower the state voting age to 16! #16tovote

teh_maxh #16tovote: because I said so.

jbbdude Why aren’t Tea Partyers standing up for #16tovote ? I mean they’re talking about unfair tax, what about taxation w/o representation?

SchoolSurvival Lowering the voting age to 16 is just a start! Age-based discrimination should be banned altogether! Down with any voting age! #16tovote

sciville I said that in March! ๐Ÿ˜› RT @SchoolSurvival Asking if someone is mature enough to vote is like asking if tall enough to do math. #16tovote

youthrights Youth are far more likely to be poor than elders and legally economically limited. And you think they don’t need representation?! #16tovote

youthrights About 42 minutes to go! Let’s get in some more great #16tovote tweets! ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights Teen driving restrictions get made, with no desire for the input or consent of teens themselves. Lower the voting age! #16tovote

teh_maxh #16tovote: we don’t care if you masturbate.

youthrights Interested in holding a voting age rally at a polling place on Election Day? We can help you arrange that! #16tovote

youthrights Also, now that school is back in session, we have voting age surveys you can pass around other students, see if they want #16tovote. ๐Ÿ™‚

sciville This has been the silliest #16tovote on the 16th ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

EIFY We don’t trust elites to make decisions for the rest in a democracy. Why should we trust legal adults to make decisions for teens? #16tovote

taradinoc Pledged $50 a month to @youthrights. #16tovote because young people have to live under the same government as everyone else.

arclights #16tovote is almost over. Next month, let’s do #15tovote instead.

youthrights And that about does it for today’s #16tovote on the 16th! Great fun was had by all! Feed-clogging credits soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @teh_maxh @sciville @teenvote @nyradc @raingeorgia @silverwolf1977 @_Brain_Picker_ @taradinoc @kpalicz

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Lillyfor16 @SamCEllis @audaciaray @DegrassiPwns @hardymacia @studentactivism @piggytailmommie @arclights

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Khaetlyn @naggingtree @jbbdude @Baby_Love_Child @Otaku_Linuxbird @EIFY and anyone I missed. See you 10/16!

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