David Hogg has been proposing some dangerous changes to America’s laws when it comes to gun ownership, but his latest proposal is pure insanity.
In Washington, D.C., there is a movement afoot to lower the voting age to 16 from 18. The proposed change is welcomed among Democrats, who know young voters would tend to vote for them.
While the proposed change is under consideration by the Washington, D.C. council, March for our Lives student organizer Zion Kelly is leading a social media campaign to encourage the council to approve it. On Tuesday, Hogg added his endorsement, asking his followers to pressure the D.C. council members to approve it.
A bill set to be introduced in the D.C. Council on Tuesday would lower the voting age for both local and federal elections from 18 to 16.
Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who is introducing the bill, says that given all the other responsibilities 16-year-olds already have, they should also have the right to vote on who represents them.
“At the age of 16, our society already gives young people greater legal responsibility. They can drive a car. They can work. Some are raising a family or helping their family make ends meet. They pay taxes,” he said in a statement. “And yet, they can’t exercise their voice where it matters most — at the ballot box.”
D.C. already allows 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote, and also permits 17-year-olds to register to vote and cast ballots in primary elections provided they will be 18 on or before the next scheduled general election.
D.C. would not be the first place to approve 16-year-olds voting, but it would be the first place to allow them to vote in federal elections. Other locales that allow minor voting only do so in local elections.
But Allen’s bill would put D.C. on par with three jurisdictions in Maryland — including Takoma Park, Hyattsville and Greenbelt — where 16-year-olds can cast ballots in local elections, while making D.C. the first place in the country to similarly lower the voting age for federal elections. There are close to 12,000 16- and 17-year-olds in D.C.
The last time there was a significant change to the voting age nationally was in 1971, when the ratification of the 26th Amendment brought the voting age down to 18 from 21. Countries like Austria and Brazil already allow 16-year-olds to vote.
“The laws and budgets we pass have huge effects on these young people,” said Allen. “We have a citywide curfew for anyone under the age of 17. We have laws with penalties that can dictate their future. We have no problem collecting taxes or fees from residents who are 16 and 17 — why shouldn’t we fully enfranchise them?”
Here is the tweet from Zion Kelly pushing to support lowering the age.
In DC we are one vote away from lowering the voting age to 16. We need one of these people to vote. @kenyanmcduffie @marycheh @CMBrandonTodd @VinceGrayWard7 @ChmnMendelson. Who is it going to be ! #youthvoicematters !
— Zion Kelly (@zionkelly18) April 10, 2018
Here is the response by David Hogg after he retweeted him.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 10, 2018