Nancy Pelosi Now Pushing To Lower Voting Age to 16! ‘Capture Kids When They’re in High School’
"Capture Kids When They’re in High School"
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for lowering the voting age to 16 years because she believes that it is important to ‘capture kids when they’re in high school’.
At her weekly press conference Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained why she is in favor of lowering the voting age to 16:
“As far as 16-year-old voting where do you see that going into the future?” Pelosi was asked this week by a reporter.
“I myself, personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voter — the voting age to 16. I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote,” Pelosi responded.
Pelosi said Thursday that lowering the voting age would drive interest in politics among younger Americans who are learning about the subject in high school. The Speaker said that changing the voting age to 16 would help drive a higher level of voter awareness and turnout.
Pelosi just advocated for lowering the voting age to 16 years old to "capture kids when they're in high school." pic.twitter.com/GxPTBPFBLJ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 14, 2019
Pelosi’s comments Thursday echoed those she has made previously, including in a 2015 New York Times interview in which the Speaker said she was “all for” lowering the voting age.
Pelosi told the Times that she wanted to expand voter access to 16 and 17-year-olds “because when kids are in school, they’re so interested, they’re so engaged.”
Pelosi was defending H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which Democrats say will boost voting rights and reform government — and which Republicans say would enable voter fraud and tilt the scales for Democrats.
As USA Today noted, the House actually defeated an amendment to the bill by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) that would have lowered the age for voting to 16 in federal elections. The vote was 305-126 against the idea.
However, H.R. 1 allows states to begin registering 16-year-olds to vote when they reach the legal age of 18.
The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 by the 26th Amendment in 1971, during the Vietnam War, when the military draft became controversial and soldiers were being sent to fight (and die) before they could vote.
Children can vote in primary elections at the age of 17 in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia — usually if they will turn 18 by the time of the general election in November of a given election year. Voters in Pelosi’s home city of San Francisco defeated a referendum in 2016 to lower the local voting age to 16. Across the San Francisco Bay, in Berkeley, 16-year-olds can vote in elections for the local public school board.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which often sides with Democrats, has also criticized H.R. 1 for some of its restrictions on political speech, writing to Congress that the legislation could “unconstitutionally burden the speech and associational rights of many public interest organizations and American citizens” and “chill speech essential to our public discourse.”
Kids under the age of 18 aren’t mature enough to participate in elections. Experts say that 16- and 17-year-olds demonstrate lower interest in politics, have less political knowledge, and lack the experience needed to participate in elections.
People under 18 are subject to different labor, contract, and criminal responsibility laws, and aren’t allowed to join the military without parental consent or serve on a jury. Most are still living at home and would be influenced by the voting choices of their parents or other adults.
Young people can still make their voices heard without voting, as the recent Parkland activism demonstrates. Many kids in school are involved in political clubs and are civically engaged through volunteering.
There are reasons adults make decisions about adults.
Pelosi just knows that she needs to make up Democrat votes, as they are seriously losing votes within the minority, LGBT, and Jewish communities.