Democratic Congresswoman Pushes To Change Voting Laws To Give 16 Year Olds The Right To Vote

Western Journal reported that Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts introduced new legislation on Tuesday evening that would lower the federal voting age to 16 years old from its current 18 year-old mandate.

The Democratic lawmaker used teenage activists moving for gun control as the reason for giving minors the right to vote, which she then compared to obtaining a driver’s license.

“Young people are at the forefront of some of our most existential crises,” Pressley stated.

She continued, “The time has come. Our young people deserve to have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”

Western Journal reports, “Two other Democratic congresswomen, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and New York Rep. Grace Meng, offered their support for Pressley’s legislation.”

“I’m committed to making sure we empower young people to build our future together. Giving them the power to vote will help build a more equitable and just future,” Meng wrote in a statement on Twitter this past Tuesday.

Rashida Tlaib also tweeted about her support for the amendment on Wednesday.

Other users weren’t thrilled with the amendment:

Representative Pressley introduced the amendment to House Democrats’ “For The People Act.” This change as an amendment would “amend campaign finance laws,” according to Western Journal.

The liberally-run American Civil Liberties Union has already voiced their concern with the proposal, citing “provisions that unconstitutionally impinge on the free speech rights of American citizens and public interest organizations.”

“They will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day,” the ACLU wrote in a letter addressed to the House Rules Committee.

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