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As I type this, Takoma Park, Maryland is about to expand American democracy for the FIRST time in modern American history.

The council is about to vote to grant 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote!

Takoma Park will join countries around the world, from Austria to Brazil to Ecuador!

To watch it live, go to  Takoma Park Maryland is about to lower the voting age to 16- go to http://takomapark.granicus.com/... to watch it live

In the comments below, please provide your thoughts at this historic moment of American history.

To learn more about the worldwide voting rights movement, go to The National Youth Rights Association

Celebration time!

Originally posted to teenvote on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos and Youth Kos 2.0.

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Democracy is expanding to include 16 and 17 year olds- How do you feel?

41%7 votes
17%3 votes
5%1 votes
35%6 votes

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Join National Youth Rights Assocation, http://www.youthrights.org and join the youth rights revolution

    by teenvote on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:16:50 PM PDT

  •  "People's Republic of Takoma Park" (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, dream weaver, DavidMS

    As it is known in the Maryland - DC area.  Takoma Park also allows non-U.S. citizens, including, I believe, undocumented, to vote.  Of course, this is just in municipal elections.  To vote in federal, state or PG County elections, you still need to be a U.S. citizen.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:31:32 PM PDT

  •  as long as they don't ask to borrow... (3+ / 0-)
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    BetterDemocrats, Lujane, DavidMS

    the keys to my car...I'm good with it.

    I understand it may only be for local elections...but start them young...get them involved...we need more voters..!!


    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:43:23 PM PDT

  •  Its a good idea... (2+ / 0-)
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    foxfire burns, Navy Vet Terp

    It gives young people a head start on developing the habit of voting.

    If extended to all elections, it would be desirable as 17-year olds can enlist and 18 years are (theoretically) subject to conscription.  It may reduce the tendency of our elected leaders to engage in warmongering.  

    I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

    by DavidMS on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:05:45 PM PDT

  •  I think 16 is a good age to start voting. (2+ / 0-)
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    notrouble, foxfire burns

    If Democrats would promote a 16 year old voting age, in addition to promoting early voting and same-day registration, that would be a good response to Republican efforts to curb Voting Rights.

    More and better, especially better Democrats!

    by BetterDemocrats on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:06:41 PM PDT

  •  Hey! Remember "Wild in the Streets"? (0+ / 0-)

    A B-movie from the late 60s. They lower the voting age to 14 and a 25 year old gets elected president and everyone over 30 gets put in a concentration camp.

    Here's the trailer:

    You'll notice Shelley Winters, Hal Holbrook, and Richard Pryor in the preview/trailer. Not a great movie, but it's notable for a great song, "The Shape of Things to Come."

    Here's the song:

    ---

    Having said all that, I think lowering the vote to 16 is an idea worth considering. I have no objections to it.

    When I was 16 (in 1972), I worked for George McGovern. I knocked on doors, licked envelopes, made phone calls. I would have loved to be able to vote for him. It broke my teen heart when Nixon won in a landslide.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:09:43 PM PDT

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