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U.S. Rep. Ellison tweet: Lower the voting age to 16

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted on Monday

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: 

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/02/2015 - 01:59 pm.

    Raise the voting age to 30

    I think it should be raised to 30. Anyone who is still in school shouldn’t be voting on how much I pay in taxes or how my business should be regulated. And that includes people still working on their advanced degrees at 30 who have only delayed their entrance into the real world.

    Politicians who want to lower the voting age already have the young and the clueless constituency. Lowering the age to 16 just adds to the numbers.

    • Submitted by Scott Herron on 09/03/2015 - 09:41 am.

      My wife started and runs successful business, employs a number of people, and is by all accounts an upstanding citizen. And under 30. You’re saying she shouldn’t be able to vote? Ludicrous.

  2. Submitted by John Appelen on 09/03/2015 - 10:13 pm.

    Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder… I just can not see what folks see in Ellison.

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