The right to vote is the key to any fully functioning democracy. Too often, we fail to recognize the importance that voting has in holding politicians accountable to the public. Promoting civic engagement is important and beginning these habits early has proven to be effective in helping to create involved citizens. No one who wishes to be an active participant in our democracy should be denied that right.

In the last twenty years, NYRA members have campaigned in over 20 states to lower the voting age and on dozens of legislative bills. In that time, NYRA members have organized local campaigns from California to Florida and successfully worked to lower the voting age for city elections to 16 in two Maryland cities, Takoma Park and Hyattsville.

Ten Reasons to Lower the Voting Age
Want the best arguments on lowering the voting age? Read our top 10 list.

Voting Age: Facts and Resources
Statistics and key arguments that support lowering the voting age.

Voting Age Status Report
Learn about cities, states and countries considering lowering the voting age, and those who already have.

The Movement to Lower the Voting Age – A History
Learn about the various efforts to lower the voting age across the country.