Voters in Brattleboro, Vt., will be asked this week to lower the voting age for local elections to 16, a move that some say could place the town on the cutting edge in a world where teenage political maturity may be vastly increasing thanks to online social interaction.
In Brattleboro on Tuesday the Selectboard will ask voters to decide on a ballot item that would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections, according to The Associated Press.
Vermont’s current voting age of 18 wouldn’t alter for state and federal elections. The proposal by Brattleboro resident Kurt Daims would lower the minimum age by two years for town elections. The Selectboard’s chair said last October that such an amendment to the Town Charter would ultimately require approval of the Vermont legislature.
Meanwhile, a group of pre-teens are working hard to get Georgia voters to lower the age of those seeking officer from 21 to 18, and the website Debate.org is hosting a lively one on lowering the voting age to 16 nationally.