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#16tovote on the 16th – October 2010

Written by Katrina Moncure Oct 17, 2010

And now we’ve completed #16tovote on the 16th – Saturday Edition! A slight increase in participation this time, and the faithful usual participants showed up once again, along with some new or less-usual participants, to help spread the word about lowering the voting age through all our Twitter feeds! With, of course, the #16tovote hashtag.

Next run? There will be Tuesday, November 16, for sure, but we’ll also be doing it two weeks earlier, on November 2. For it’ll be #16tovote on Election Day! Be sure you are following NYRA on Twitter!

But for now, here’s the recap from this past one!

youthrights And now, it is time for… #16tovote on the 16th!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here’s Top 10 Reasons to Lower the Voting Age! http://bit.ly/cavxOT

teh_maxh #16tovote: we’re voting anyway

youthrights Voting rights are about consent of the governed. Teens are set with restrictive laws by officials they can’t vote for. #16tovote

arclights It’s the ninth month, and I am tired of #16tovote. But not as tired as I was of not being able to vote after 16 years of that.

teh_maxh @arclights But you were able to vote. You just weren’t allowed to. #16tovote

youthrights School decisions are made by those voted in by a voting populace that does not include the students themselves! #16tovote

arclights If you’re worried about how teenagers would vote, remember: George W. Bush and @BarackObama were elected by adults. #16tovote

arclights Who’d make a better voter: Archie Bunker or Hermione Granger? #16tovote

teh_maxh @arclights What’s that to do with #16tovote? Neither of them are under eighteen.

arclights “[We] will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” – Abigail Adams, to John, in 1776. #16tovote

youthrights Schwarzenegger wants SCOTUS to let him ban certain video games from youth, to place restrictions on people who can’t vote him out. #16tovote

youthrights The most basic rights are at risk when you’re too young to vote, as lawmakers see you as no threat. #16tovote

arclights If “all men are created equal” includes female “men,” it also includes young men. No sense of “men” includes women, but not teens #16tovote

sciville I love how people say “oh noes, teens would just vote the same as their parents!” Um… so what? #16tovote

sciville Is it really our place to micromanage teens’ (or anyone’s) reasons for voting the way they do? Your vote, your choice. #16tovote

sciville And if you choose to vote the way your parents do, you have still made a choice! Still beats the hell out of no choice at all. #16tovote

youthrights Parent vote does not represent child. 1 person, 1 vote. Despite popular opinion, parent and child are separate people. #16tovote

youthrights About an hour into #16tovote on the 16th – Saturday Edition! Same as other days, though. Still tweeting for a lower voting age. ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights We need to stop assuming teens would vote a certain way or for a certain reason. All teens are different. #16tovote

youthrights Some teens would vote Democrat. Some Republican. Some Libertarian. Some independent. Any voting choice is valid! #16tovote

taradinoc #16tovote because parents can’t vote on their children’s behalf without occasional conflicts of interest.

taradinoc Last month my NYRA contribution came on the 16th for #16tovote. Changed my CC yesterday, now it’ll be every 15th. Wish Razoo had scheduling.

youthrights Hope you’re all having a wonderful Saturday morning on another #16tovote on the 16th! Great #16tovote tweets so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

AdamKissel #16tovote discuss.

youthrights Ever talked to friends or family about lowering voting age? What’d they say? #16tovote Check out this thread! http://bit.ly/bM5ReA

AdamKissel Should anyone over the age of consent also be allowed to vote? If we’re spending the next generation’s $$, should they have a say? #16tovote

youthrights So last night, @arclights tweeted asking whether Hermione Granger or Archie Bunker would be a better voter. #16tovote

youthrights Then @AcctgWarrior said Archie fought for his country and paid taxes. #16tovote Don’t know about taxes, but she did help defeat Voldemort!

youthrights Shows that people value different traits in voters. Archie paid taxes, yes, but Hermione fought for social justice. #16tovote

youthrights Coming back to real life, teens do pay taxes, and do the most community service and social justice work. They should get to vote! #16tovote

youthrights Of course, that’s one way to look at the Archie vs. Hermione thing. @arclights said it, he’ll elaborate if he wants. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

youthrights Created and aired two years ago, here’s our voting age TV ad by @nyrasefl! http://bit.ly/9lVTJh #16tovote

youthrights Most states are making it easier to try under-18s as adults. Yet I don’t see them making it easier for under-18s to VOTE! #16tovote

sciville Heard it said politicians would deceive youth into voting for them… Really? Politicians might… LIE? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

teh_maxh Most teens are stupid, yes. So are most adults. Either #16tovote or get rid of democracy.

youthrights Politicians promising what old voters want. Politicians promising what young voters want. How is the latter less valid? #16tovote

youthrights Catering to young voters for votes is how politics works. The real exploitation is not letting youth have the choice at all! #16tovote

youthrights Coming to our RALLY in DC on 11/2? http://bit.ly/c5zp1w For free speech. For laws NOT being made about youth w/o their input! #16tovote

youthrights That is what lowering the voting age is about. Must be NO policies set upon youth without their input, say, and consent. #16tovote

youthrights Teens are individual people, with their own dreams, names, feelings, and lives. But w/o votes, laws will not honor that. #16tovote

Peachem Citizenry in a working democracy means trusting folks to discern. #16tovote Its not fair to discriminatebasedonapercieved developmentalstate

EIFY By the #ideal of #democracy, no one under 18 is obligated to follow the law other than his own conscience. #16tovote

youthrights The 26th Amendment states the voting age cannot be any higher than 18. Says nothing against lower! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

sciville So who else has noticed the phrase “too immature to vote” doesn’t actually MEAN anything? #16tovote

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

youthrights You talk about being tough on teens to make old voters cheer. The teens you want to be tough on CAN’T vote. How convenient. #16tovote

youthrights Teens can’t vote, so they’re subject to curfew laws, because older voters don’t want them around. #16tovote

youthrights Because teens can’t vote, their very freedom to leave their homes can be revoked due to voters’ bigotry. #16tovote

youthrights 250,000 students will be legally paddled in school this year, and as they can’t vote, they have no say in its legality. #16tovote

youthrights Corporal punishment by parents is legal in all 50 states, to be inflicted on people unable to vote to change that. #16tovote

youthrights Seriously, a parent is trusted with the right to hit a kid for any reason, but a teen isn’t trusted with one vote. WTF?! #16tovote

sciville Pro-lifers should want a lower voting age. If mom and fetus are separate people, then mom and 16yo are separate people! #16tovote

youthrights “Adults would just tell kids who to vote for.” Adults already are the only ones allowed to vote! How is that any better? #16tovote

youthrights We’re not trying to lower the voting age so teens will vote a certain way. We want them to vote ANY way they want! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival RT @youthrights Adults who neither have kids nor work at a school can still vote on school issues. The students can’t. #16tovote

youthrights Lower the voting age so teens’ input will have to be considered, because they’d hold the same votes as everyone else! #16tovote

arclights Law says it’s worse to slap your wife than punch a strange man, but OK to beat your teen daughter. Why? Well, who made the laws? #16tovote

youthrights If teens having voting rights scares you, it’s your ageist attitude that’s scary and should be done away with. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #16tovote

Swiss_army_wife RT @youthrights Adults who neither have kids nor work at a school can still vote on school issues. The students can’t. #16tovote

youthrights Or maybe that attitude helps. Maybe if teens vote, adults would vote more because they’d be more scared of the results! ๐Ÿ˜› #16tovote

youthrights I wonder what makes people so sure teens’ say in politics would be dangerous somehow that they so fervently oppose it. #16tovote

youthrights In fact, you know who to be less worried about the impact of teen suffrage? Talk to them! Work with them! Engage them! #16tovote

youthrights Once you’ve adequately engaged and involved teens, you’ll have no reason to fear their suffrage. You’ll be on the same team! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival @youthrights Does a school district use corporal punishment?Students don’t get a say in that.But the ones who hit them do. #16tovote

youthrights Just under 6 hours to go! Been a great #16tovote on the 16th so far! Keep the awesome voting age tweets coming! ๐Ÿ˜€

youthrights A society that so actively blocks its youth from participation is clearly suicidal. Lower the voting age! #16tovote

SchoolSurvival RT @thegreathal Think beyond student government. If it was #16tovote, students would really have a voice in their schools.

youthrights They’re trying to take video games from those who can’t take them from office! #16tovote So come to our RALLY! http://bit.ly/c5zp1w

youthrights Video game laws may seem trivial, but it’s still a matter of being governed without input or consent! #16tovote

youthrights For youth, there are more serious consequences to having no vote or representation, many even life-threatening. #16tovote

youthrights Behavior modification facilities: http://bit.ly/dy2UMY They’re not shut down yet because it’s not VOTERS being tortured! #16tovote

youthrights Abstinence-only education? Don’t think student voters would allow themselves to be subjected to a program of lies! #16tovote

youthrights Curfew laws mean you’ll be arrested for going outside at night and are set by those you can’t vote out. This is not justice. #16tovote

sciville Parental consent/notification laws violate choice of those too young to vote. For #prochoice, lower the voting age! #16tovote

DegrassiPwns #16tovote !

SchoolSurvival Maybe only Canadians should vote in US elections.Makes as much sense as allowing adults and not youth to vote on school issues. #16tovote (via @youthrights)

youthrights Know what the voting age is in Austria, Glarus, Hamburg, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Brazil, and many others? Sixteen! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

SchoolSurvival RT @teh_maxh Some people think they should “vote for the children”. No! They can vote for themselves. If only you’d let them. #16tovote

youthrights The adults who balk at giving teens more rights are the adults who are expected to be voting in teens’ best interests. Hmmm. #16tovote

youthrights Your vote can only represent yourself. So teens have no representation for their REAL political interests. #16tovote

Xalexer Today is #16tovote but I trying to get a #10tovote day! -Remember #10tovote not #16tovote!

JBBdude @youthrights Don’t you just love ironic discrimination and hatred? Like Nazis artificially implementing “social darwinism” #16tovote

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

SchoolSurvival RT @SnipeMe Shitting dick nipples, lalala PENIS! I’m 31 and immature as FUCK, but I can vote. Teens should too! #16tovote

youthrights The only people who can vote on behalf of teens are the teens themselves. Therefore, let’s lower the voting age! ๐Ÿ™‚ #16tovote

youthrights Not all teens live with parents. Some are in foster care, emancipated, or, sadly, homeless. They especially need representation! #16tovote

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

youthrights With a lower voting age, teens would vote, be a constituency, be empowered and more involved. It’s win-win! #16tovote

youthrights Alright, just two hours left! Thanks for all the great #16tovote tweets so far today! Let’s give it a big finish! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

youthrights On Election Day, Nov 2, be sure to VOTE! If too young, go to polling place anyway and have a lower voting age RALLY! ๐Ÿ˜€ #16tovote

bicyclingfish Lowering the voting age is just ONE way youth can be powerful! Learn more at http://freechild.org/actions.htm #16tovote

youthrights Of course, of any age, if you’re in or near DC on Nov 2, come to OUR RALLY! http://bit.ly/c5zp1w ๐Ÿ˜€ #16tovote

sciville How might teens’ amazing bullshit detection abilities affect politics once they get the vote? http://bit.ly/9qefpz #16tovote

youthrights Good thread about responses we’ve gotten when we talk to people about lowering the voting age! http://bit.ly/bM5ReA #16tovote

youthrights Most people have to start voting in college, doing so absentee. Maybe start them at 16 so that wouldn’t be an issue. #16tovote

youthrights Starting voting earlier and in a less complicated way, young citizens will get hooked to it earlier, into a good habit! #16tovote

teh_maxh @youthrights You misspelled “if you’re too young to vote legally, do it illegally”. #16tovote

teh_maxh “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! [โ€ฆ]” said Hamlet. He didn’t say “only 18+”! #16tovote

youthrights Half hour to go! If you haven’t participated in #16tovote on the 16th yet today, hurry up and get something in! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights #16tovote is about recognizing the teenage years as a valid part of life, of valid people who, like it or not, ARE part of society!

youthrights Don’t just say “wait two years”. That’s basically saying “wait until I think you’re a worthwhile person”. How rude! #16tovote

youthrights Voting rights are empowerment, and most teen problems are directly caused by disempowerment. So empower them! #16tovote

youthrights How can you treat a whole group as irresponsible or stupid before they’ve said or done anything? Give a chance, a vote! #16tovote

youthrights Giving teens no voice, vote, or a chance, you give them no incentive to be responsible. It wouldn’t do any good. #16tovote

youthrights Most teens ARE still very responsible and with a real voice and say in society, where they are equals, they’d be so much more! #16tovote

youthrights We do this again November 16 of course, but may also do it November 2, as #16tovote on Election Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

youthrights And that about wraps up this Saturday Edition of #16tovote on the 16th! Thanks so much, everyone! Feed-clogging credits coming up! ๐Ÿ˜›

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @teh_maxh @arclights @taradinoc @freedomofed @sciville @the_boy @margaritareyes @studentactivism @EIFY

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @silverwolf1977 @geoffreydgraham @anu22 @moorealtv @Peachem @soramonjya @ItaliaRep @vonunov @SchoolSurvival

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @Swiss_Army_Wife @Mama2wild_ones @LoganJ7 @faithvoid @Xalexer @NickJ47 @nyradc

youthrights Thanks for the #16tovote tweets! @DegrassiPwns @bicyclingfish @wonton891 and anyone I missed! See you next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Very nice. Got anything to add or comments about all this? Leave your comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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