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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16

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Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16
Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16

The Statesman Journal reports that several state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ask voters to amend the Oregon Constitution to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old.

New guidelines and laws surrounding sexual sixteen year olds can drive and get jobs.

Now, some want to add voting to the list.

Lawmakers unveiled a new proposal, that would let 16 year olds hit the polls in oregon.

Kezi 9 news reporter madison glassman spoke with community members to see if they think it's a good idea.

Madison says, "if passed?

Sweet 16 could mean civic 16.

I spoke with a parent of a 16 year old who says theye not ready to vote."

Sot "i'm not sure that my 16 year old would even think that he would be ready to vote..."

If the bill makes its way through the legislature, it would then go to voters to decide whether to make it law, in the 2020 general election.

This would make oregon the first state in the nation to lower the statewide voting age from 18 to 16.

The bill is supported by the bus project?

A no?profit that encourages young people to volunteer in civic activism.

Sot "there are some 16 year olds that i think would be terrific voters, but by and large, my take is that 16 year olds don't have the awareness of what's going on to make informed


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