Monday, August 12, 2019

“Would some kids be ready to vote at 16? Maybe”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"When Concord-Carlisle High School senior Una Oljaca visited the Statehouse last spring, she and fellow senior Gretchen Carr had a chance to see where legislators voted, the hearing room where several bills are brought up each day and some of the offices where representatives work.

But the day was about much more than simply taking a tour.

Oljaca and Carr were there to testify alongside state Rep. Tami Gouveia, D-Acton, in support of a bill to allow 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections in Concord.

The issue is complicated, with engaged teens on one side wanting a place at the table when it comes to electing local and national leaders and adults on the other side not so sure a 16-year-old is experienced enough to make such an important decision."

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Voting age varies around the world with most at 18. wikipedia has the listing

voting age chart showing the majority at 18
voting age chart showing the majority at 18

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