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Real Progress on Lowering the Voting Age in Washington State led by NYRA-Seattle

Written by NYRA Feb 23, 2011

A bill to lower the voting age has recently been introduced in Washington State by Sen. Scott White, thanks to our newest chapter NYRA-Seattle. Senate Bill 5621 has created the possibility of a lower voting age in Washington, allowing 14 year olds to vote for school board members. Although the odds of the bill actually passing are not very high, the chapter says it’s goal was to start the conversation in Washington and bring attention to the issue. Chapter leader Jesse Seidman believes that because school board decisions have the most influence on the students in the schools, the students have the right to vote for the board members. Although the bill faces much opposition, the bill is shining a spotlight on the voting age issue and sparking conversation and debate about it. And if it passes, it will make Washington the first state to grant voting rights in general elections to people under 18.

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