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Takoma Park Makes History with New Voting Age

City Council rejects referendum proposal, lowers voting age as part of charter changes.

If you are old enough to get a Maryland driver's license, you will be old enough to vote in the City of Takoma Park’s municipal election in November.

The City Council passed a series of charter amendments Monday including one making Takoma Park the first city in the United States to lower its minimum age for voting to 16, The Gazette reported.

The amendments, proposed by council members Tim Male and Seth Grimes, sparked debate in the city.

“We thought it was the right thing to allow them to participate,” Grimes told Patch in March, saying that he has met many engaged 16- and 17-year-old Takoma Park residents.

 in March that her children “are focused on being teenagers," and not so much on the issues of city government.

Councilman Fred Schultz was the only vote Monday against the amendments, which also establish same-day voter registration and allow felons who have served their sentence to vote, The Gazette reported.

Click here to read the full story in The Gazette.

Chuck Burton May 20, 2013 at 02:38 PM
If 16 is old enough to vote, it should be old enough to be treated as an adult in other laws, including criminal law.
DeDe May 21, 2013 at 01:43 AM
There are people 18 and older who shouldn't be allowed to vote since they don't really know anything about the person who their voting for. I have experienced that first hand while waiting on line to vote in the last national election and just talking to people. I learned how ignorant people were about the people on the ballot and what they really believed in and wanted for this country.

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