This awesome city is thinking about lowering the voting age to 16

Brattleboro, Vermont took a cue from resident Kurt Daims, who says that teens should be allowed to voice their votes, too. So, the city is letting their residents decide on a ballot measure that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to cast their own votes during local (not federal or state) elections.

This isn’t the first time people have talked about updating the voting age. The conversation has been going on for a long time, and it’s definitely gaining momentum now that the United Kingdom is debating lowering its age to 16. In fact, Scotland recently allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to vote, and guess what? A ton of them of did! Also, plenty of countries in Europe and South America already allow younger teens to vote.

We’ll find out Tuesday if Brattleboro residents will support this measure — and we sure hope so, because teens deserve to take part in community affairs. If we want to empower youth to get involved with their communities in a real way, letting them vote would be a step in the right direction.

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