Teens Lobby Legislature to Lower New York Voting Age

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle (May 12, 2017) More than 30 teenagers trekked from New York City up to Albany to lobby the state Legislature for passage of a bill that would lower the voting age from 18 to 17.

They found a champion for their cause in Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace), who is the sponsor of a bill called the Young Voter Act. In addition to lowering the voting age, the Young Voter Act would mandate that high schools distribute voter registration forms to all students turning 17 in a calendar year.

Carroll drafted the legislation after meeting with Bard High School students Max Shatan, Chris Stauffer and Eli Frankel, who came up with the idea and presented it to the assemblymember.

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