Takoma Park, MD passes charter amendments that lower the minimum voting age to 16
2013-05-14 by Melissa Marschall
The Takoma Park city council passed a series of charter amendments in its May meeting. One will give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in municipal elections. The city has a history of liberal voting laws, having already extended the franchise to non-citizens some 20 years ago. Proponents of the new law noted that many young residents are already involved in local affairs and allowing them to participate in local elections will only contribute to a more engaged citizenry. Opponents argued that residents this young lack the maturity and political knowledge to make informed choices and claimed they might be unduly influenced by their parents.
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