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New York Eyes Lowering the Voting Age

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New York Eyes Lowering the Voting Age

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New York Eyes Lowering the Voting Age

New York Eyes Lowering the Voting Age

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A New York City councilwoman introduces a bill to allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections. The argument: Teens can drive; they can be punished as adults for serious crimes; they pay sales tax and often income tax — but have no representation. Some argue that high school students are often better informed than their parents, through social studies classes. No U.S. community has passed such a law yet, but teens have the vote in some cities in several other countries, including Israel, Austria and Germany.