U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted on Monday:
I think the voting age should be lowered to 16. What do you think?— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 31, 2015
According to Smart Politics at the Humphrey Institute, Ellison has supported a lowering of the voting age for some time.
Such a change would add about nine million new voters to the eligible pool, and, notes Eric Ostermeier in the post:
Although young voters do not have a particularly high turn-out rate, they tend to back Democratic candidates and be more supportive of progressive causes.
There seemed to be no particular reason for Ellison to make the statement at this time, but the post says he had recently visited a school.
Ellison later elaborated:
@SteveBissen, 16s understand & discuss civics, drive cars, affected by policy decisions, like college debt, mil conflict, taxes, health care— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 31, 2015