Soon, some of the same high school students who marched in protest after the Parkland shooting in Florida might be able to voice their opinion in an even more important way: by voting.
Washington is on track to become the first place in the United States that will allow people as young as 16 years old to vote in federal elections, including the presidential elections.
“At the age of 16, our society already gives young people greater legal responsibility. They can drive a car. They can work. Some are raising a family or helping their family make ends meet. They pay taxes,” said D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen, a Democrat who introduced the bill last week to lower the voting age. “And yet, they can’t exercise their voice where it matters most — at the ballot box.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser and a majority of the D.C. Council have already signed onto the bill.
NBC News tells the full story here.