Voting Age Agreement

On 20 November 2013, Malta lowered the age of municipal elections from 18 to 16 from 2015. The proposal was widely supported by both the government and the opposition, sociologists and youth organizations. National Youth Party spokeswoman Nicola Willis objected and said 18 was the “widely accepted” age of adulthood. “Voting is a wonderful responsibility and it`s a rite of passage, but I think we`re right to have it at 18,”” they say. Willis expressed concern that 16-year-olds are “potentially vulnerable to parental coercion.” With regard to residence, as in the case of literacy, it can be argued that the long residency requirements for voting, at least for presidential elections, would be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, even if Congress had done nothing. According to this argument, the themes of the presidential elections are national and no major state interest is served by long residency requirements. Moreover, such requirements are contrary to a separate constitutional right, the right to move freely from one state to another. If Congress has the power to act by law in these areas, as it should, if the administration bill passed by the House of Representatives is consistent with the Constitution, Congress also has the power to act by law to lower the election age to 18. Hard and others recommend taking steps to expand civic education as a way to promote a lifelong voting feeling as a social duty. The debate over lowering the voting age in the United States began during World War II, when the federal government lowered the age plan from 21 to 18 in 1942 to build the armed forces in a time of increasingly ancient world conflicts. After the war, Kentucky and Georgia changed the voting age for their regional elections to 18.

On April 3, 2019, Andrew Yang was the first major presidential candidate to reduce the U.S. age to 16. [91] At 16, Americans do not have hourly limits for their work, and they pay taxes. According to Yang, their livelihoods are directly affected by the legislation and they should therefore be allowed to elect their representatives. [92] On March 2, 1971, the Bayh Subcommittee and the House judiciary committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18 for all elections. [32] Jersey followed this example on July 4, 2007, when it accepted the principle of lowering the age of elections to 16. Jersey states voted in favour by 25 votes to 21,[68] and the legislative amendments were passed on September 26. [69] The law was sanctioned by a Council decision on 12 December[70][71] and came into force on 1 April, in time for the parliamentary elections at the end of 2008. [72] [73] Finally, the response to COVID-19`s global health emergency in 2020 has brought an interesting new perspective to the election age debate.