Sunday, August 4, 2013
VOTE AT 16
Voting at 16 deserves serious consideration. Many laws disproportionately affect young people, especially in the areas of criminal justice and education. Budget and fiscal issues decided today will impact them longer. In many states 16 year olds may drive, marry, have consensual sex, drop out of school, get a job. Why not allow them to vote?
TAKOMA PARK, Md. -- A small Maryland city just outside the Washington, D.C., city limits voted in May, 2013 to lower the voting age for city elections to 16. The Takoma Park City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in city elections starting in November.
The council also voted to allow convicted felons who have served their time to vote.
Councilman Tim Male, who voted for the measure, told WJLA-TV (http://wj.la/12yVSqi) that elected officials are trying to make it possible for more people to be part of the city government.
The lone councilmember to vote against the measure wanted the issue put to referendum.
Takoma Park, known as a liberal-leaning community, has a population of about 17,000. The law takes effect in 50 days.