With the passage of LD 640 on March 25 in committee the bill that will lower the voting age to 17 now heads to the full Maine House of Representatives. The bill passed with overwhelming support by a vote of 11-2, even the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Glenn Cummings, D-Portland, was a little surprized. “This is a historic opportunity, if this bill passes the voters of Maine will decide whether to lower the voting age.” commented NYRA President, Alex Koroknay-Palicz. Members and supporters are encouraged to write letters to Maine lawmakers and newspapers advocating for this bill. A comprehensive campaign page has been set up for NYRA members to get involved. The Maine campaign joins similar attempts to lower the voting age in Florida, North Dakota, the United Kingdom, Texas, Jerusalem, Alaska, and Washington, DC.

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