Lower the Federal Voting Age

Did you know that 18, 19, and 20 year olds have only been able to vote since 1971? The 26th Amendment to the Constitution enshrined the right to vote for people 18 years of age and older in both federal and local elections. On Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced an amendment to H.R. 1, the voting rights and anti-corruption bill, which would lower the legal voting age for federal elections from 18 to 16, saying:

From gun violence, to immigration reform, to climate change, to the future of work - our young people are organizing, mobilizing and calling us to action. They are at the forefront of social and legislative movements and have earned inclusion in our democracy...Beginning at the age of sixteen, young people are contributing to both the labor force and their local economies by paying income taxes, and yet they are deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

https://pressley.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-pressleys-floor-remarks-lowering-voting-age

Today's Action: Ask Your Representative to Vote for Congresswoman Pressley's Amendment

Call either:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I know that {REPRESENTATIVE} supports H.R. 1. However, I think we can do even more to expand voting rights in this country. That's why I want to see {REPRESENTATIVE} vote for Congresswoman Pressley's amendment to lower the federal voting age to 16."

More info:

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/432882-dem-lawmaker-introduces-amendment-to-lower-voting-age-to-16-in-federal

Good News

Congressman Mark Pocan, co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, proposed an amendment to H.R. 1 that would count inmates according to their home congressional district for census purposes. The amendment passed on a voice vote. Currently, inmate populations count towards the population of the congressional districts in which they are housed, which provides more money and electoral clout to these prison sites, reinforcing a perverse incentive structure to maximize the number of people incarcerated.

https://twitter.com/greggiroux/status/1103759947135938569

Late-Breaking Good News from the Washington State Legislature