I’m definitely for it for local elections and 16 + 17 yr olds already have the right to local votes in a number communities across the USA. For Federal? Considering this is for one community in one area expanding votes that will add maybe ONE additional vote in a lifetime of voting but at a critical time that might encourage taking an active part in the political process for a lifetime rather than being apathetic, I say go for it. Anybody who assumes that 16/17 yr olds will “all vote Democrat” don’t know any 16/17 yr olds. Their politics are just as split and varied as any age and like any age, most probably won’t bother voting (as for a lot of people, voting ‘feels like’ a burdensome obligation best ignored). But some would. The change on the “big picture” for vote counts is unlikely to shift much but what that can do for somebody who has been dealing with parents/school/police always in charge for the few that will make use of the ballot box as a measure of freedom – just as getting a job (and paying taxes) at 16/17 does – it can make a lifetime of difference in a sense of civic responsibility over apathy.

I’m definitely for it for local elections and 16 + 17 yr olds already have the right to local votes in a number communities across the USA.
 
For Federal? Considering this is for one community in one area expanding votes that will add maybe ONE additional vote in a lifetime of voting but at a critical time that might encourage taking an active part in the political process for a lifetime rather than being apathetic, I say go for it.
 
Anybody who assumes that 16/17 yr olds will “all vote Democrat” don’t know any 16/17 yr olds. Their politics are just as split and varied as any age and like any age, most probably won’t bother voting (as for a lot of people, voting ‘feels like’ a burdensome obligation best ignored).
 
But some would. The change on the “big picture” for vote counts is unlikely to shift much but what that can do for somebody who has been dealing with parents/school/police always in charge for the few that will make use of the ballot box as a measure of freedom – just as getting a job (and paying taxes) at 16/17 does – it can make a lifetime of difference in a sense of civic responsibility over apathy.
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