You are reading

Meng Seeks Constitutional Amendment to Lower Voting Age to 16

Feb. 4, 2021 By Christian Murray

Congresswoman Grace Meng has introduced legislation that aims to lower the voting age in the United States to 16 years old.

The measure seeks to replace the 26th amendment and permit 16 and 17-year olds to vote.

The amendment would require passage by two thirds of the House and Senate and then ratification by three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures.

“Our young people, including 16-and 17-year-olds, continue to fight and advocate for so many issues that they are passionate about from guy safety to the climate crisis,” Meng said in a statement. “It’s time to give them a voice in our democracy by permitting them to be heard at the ballot box.”

Meng notes that 16 and 17-year olds are legally permitted to work and drive, and also pay federal income taxes.

The last time that the voting age was lowered was in 1971, when it went from 21 to 18.

email the author: news@queenspost.com

2 Comments

Click for Comments 
Ingalv

Yeaaaah, because 16 yr olds are mature enough to make such decisions.

I refuse to have CHILDREN to be making grown up decisions for my family and I.

They’re children for heavens sake.

They haven’t even lived life long enough to get the experiences you need, from all angles to make informative decisions.

They’re almost 18. You can’t wait 2 more years for them to mature a bit more? To live/learn more? No, you wanna rush it when they’re all emotional and easily influenced by society.

I see you, Meng.

Reply
Larry Penner

Why not lower the age for holding public office, be it City Council, Boro President, Comptroller, Mayor, State Assembly, State Senate, Governor and of course Congress to 16 as well. Old enough to vote, old enough to hold public office. I hope this was just an early April Fools joke on her part.
Larry Penner

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: grand larcenies down across borough, rapes halved in the north, robberies decrease in the south

Apr. 17, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of grand larcenies across Queens was down during the 28-day period from March 18 to April 14, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday. At the same time, rapes and robberies decreased significantly in northern and southern Queens, respectively.

Cop injured by glass bottle thrown from 7 train station on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

An on-duty NYPD police officer was injured while standing on a foot post when he was struck by a glass bottle that was thrown from the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza, 7 train station above Roosevelt Avenue early Monday morning.

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst reported that the officer was in uniform standing in front of 103-28 Roosevelt Ave. just before 2 a.m., when a man threw the bottle from the Flushing-bound platform. It struck the officer’s head, causing a laceration and a concussion.