Despite a vigorous letter writing campaign in favor of LD 640, the Maine bill that would lower the voting age statewide to 17, the bill has been put on hold. Lacking the 2/3rds vote necessary in the House to pass the bill, the sponsor, Rep. Glenn Cummings (D-Portland) decided to put the bill on hold for the time being. Next January he will attempt other measures including allowing 17-year-olds to register to vote if they will turn 18 by the general election, and a law that will allow local municipalities to lower their voting age independently. Rep. Cummings is more confident of the passage of these bills. He sends thanks to all the NYRA members who wrote letters in support.

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