Votes for Youth


Update: We’re winning.


NYRA has long fought for a lower voting age, and we may soon have a breakthrough right on Washington, DC’s border.

Takoma Park, Maryland is now considering a proposal to let 16-year-olds vote in local elections. If this succeeds, we may soon see other cites lose their fear of enfranchising youth. NYRA has already written a letter to the city council in support of this proposal, but there is more work to be done.

On April 8 at 7:30 PM, the Takoma Park city council will hold a public meeting on the issue. NYRA Executive Director Bill Bystricky will speak. There’s room for others to help as well.


What You Can Do

If you live in Takoma Park, show up to the meeting and speak. You’ll get three minutes to make your case, and the city council is eager to hear from all the residents they are expected to represent.

If you live elsewhere, come anyway. Just sitting in the audience and showing your support can help.


The Hearing:

April 8 at 7:30 PM
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912