Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi threw her full support behind the Democrats’ recent push to lower the national voting age to 16 this week; saying the move is an important step in “capturing the kids.”
Pelosi was speaking during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday when she revealed her support for the new initiative.
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“As far as 16-year-olds voting, where do you see that going into the future?” asked one reporter.
“I, myself, have always been for lowering the voting age to 16. I think it’s really important to capture the kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government,” said Pelosi.
HERE WE GO: House Democrat Calls on Congress to LOWER VOTING AGE to 16
A New York Congresswoman introduced new legislation this week that would lower the United States voting age to just 16-years-old; urging her fellow lawmakers to repeal the 26th amendment to the Constitution that sets the current restrictions.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Grace Meng is hoping to lift the age requirements that were introduced nationwide in 1971.
“The 26th Amendment was the result of decades of argument that anyone old enough to be drafted to fight in the military at age 18 should also be able to vote. Support for that idea picked up steam during the Vietnam war,” writes the Examiner. “Because the Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot regulate voting age in state and local elections, the Constitution was amended in 1971 to hold that 18-year-olds could vote nationwide.”
The liberal lawmaker is the latest example of left-wing activists seeking to gain new voters by any means necessary.
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his newest “voter registration drive” throughout the Big Apple’s prison system.
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.
IT BEGINS: San Francisco to Allow ‘Non-Citizens’ to Vote in Local Elections
San Francisco will soon become the largest city in the country to give “non-citizens” the right to vote in local elections; setting the stage for a potential legal showdown with the Trump administration in the coming months.
According to Yahoo News, undocumented residents will soon be permitted to vote in city school board races in order to have a “better say” in their children’s education throughout the Bay Area.
To date, only 35 “non-citizens” have registered to vote in San Francisco.
“We’re in an unprecedented arena of animosity toward our immigrant community, and that has really stopped people from voting,” said San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Fewer.
“People are really fearful because the Trump administration is perceived to be very anti-immigrant,” added one activist. “There is legitimate concern that their information may be turned over to the federal government and that they may end up being detained or deported.”
Read the full report here.