Wednesday the New York Times printed an op-ed written by Anya Kamenetz
entitled, “You’re 16, You’re Beautiful and You’re a Voter”. Kamenetz
makes the case that the voting age, drinking age, credit card
ownership and other age restrictions should be lowered to 16. She
also describes competency testing as a more flexible standard than
“increasingly inadequate” age restrictions. Kamenetz proposes adult
rights be granted gradually to individuals who are 16 or 17, as we
currently do with driving. The New York Times editorial page is an
important podium from which to promote greater youth rights and
skepticism of age restrictions. NYRA welcomes Kamenetz’ support. The
profile of this movement continues to grow and our list of supporters
continues to expand.