Vote 16 DC
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In the District of Columbia, you can hold a job at 16, drive a car, pay taxes, receive service of process in legal matters, consent to medical treatment, but cannot vote. The 26th Amendment reads: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.” This does not disenfranchise people under the age of 18 or prevent from greater inclusion. Young people recognize and educate themselves on the same issues as adults. Challenges surrounding gun violence, food deserts, housing, education, and many more all effect 16-17 year olds, in some cases more directly than current voters. Allowing 16-17 year olds to vote in the District will give a voice to what is already a responsible and engaged portion of our community.
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