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Monday, April 17, 2017

Lawmakers across US move to include young people in voting

Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico and who has close friends who are immigrants. She was also upset that she couldn't do anything about it at the ballot box because she was a year shy of being able to vote.

Sainz favors a bill in the California Legislature that would lower the voting age to 17, which she thinks would give a voice to more people affected by the outcome of elections.

"Looking at all the protests throughout this year throughout all the high schools across the nation, we could see a lot of the minors were protesting because they felt as if they didn't have a voice," said Sainz, a senior at Inderkum High School in Sacramento.

Lawmakers in more than a dozen states are trying to increase voter participation by targeting young people. Their bills are among nearly 500 pieces of legislation introduced around the country this year to make voting easier, according to a March analysis by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.

While Republican-leaning states have moved to tighten voting rules — nearly 90 such bills have been introduced — those efforts have been outstripped by the number of bills seeking to expand access to the polls.

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Anonymous said...

These stupid kids don't need the privedge to vote! They don't have a clue what's going on in this world! There are a few exceptions however!

Anonymous said...

With the liberal crap they're pounding in to the young heads nowadays, this is nothing more than increasing the dumbocrat voting base!

Anonymous said...

Yes young people are far more easier to mold into what the socialist agenda preaches. it takes a few good hard years to understand how dangerous these people are.

Anonymous said...

It's not like these stupid 17 yo s know anything about what's going on. They just think they do. Most have never had a job, much less supported any one or thing.

Rebel Without a Clue said...

If you're going to reduce the age to vote then drop the drinking and smoking age as well. Maybe then, natural selection will take over and solve the problem for us. I know that it sounds cruel but then again, given enough time these younger voters will vote those things in for themselves.

Anonymous said...

There is stupid people in all ages so just attacking at 17 is just clearly wrong.

Anonymous said...

12:13 there is something called the age of reason.

Anonymous said...

I think the voting age should be 25 , not 17 .