January 20, 2020

From the Boston Herald – Lawmakers are mulling multiple bills that would let cities and towns allow teens as young as 16 to vote in local elections, a move critics are calling “frivolous” and “absurd.”

Two bills that would allow “every citizen 16 or 17 years of age, who is a resident in the city or town where he or she claims the right to vote” to be placed on the voting lists for local elections will go before the Joint Committee on Election Laws for a public hearing at the State House Wednesday, along with several other pieces of legislation.

Rep. Andy Vargas, D-Haverhill, and Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, who filed the Empower Act in the House and Senate, argued that at least nine cities and towns in the state have asked to be given the authority to lower the voting age for municipal elections.

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