The Washington, DC City Council is considering a new proposal that would lower the voting age in the district to just 16-years-old; allowing high-school aged teens to vote in local and federal elections.
According to ABC News, the measure passed with a unanimous 3-0 vote in the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Thursday and will get a full council vote sometime in November.
“The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens 18 and older the right to vote, but scholars have said it doesn’t prevent a state, or in this case, the nation’s capital, from setting a lower age,” writes ABC.
Council member Charles Allen hailed the proposal, saying the measure will “enfranchise the District’s young people and bring their voices into the political process.”
Read the full report here.