MA Teens Organize for Voting Rights and Voice in Ed Policy
A group of teens from Lowell, MA, are leading the charge for the right to vote in their local municipal elections and have a say in the education policies affecting them. With a bill in committee at the State House, they've gotten closer to that goal than any group ever before.
The group, from the United Teen Equality Center, is advocating for 17-year-olds to be allowed to vote in local elections. They say that since college-age voters aren't effected by local politics in their hometowns, they don't tend to vote at the community level. In contrast, 17-year-olds are still in high school and are directly affected by the policies enacted in their local communities. It follows that they should have a voice in shaping those policies.
Check out the coverage and support they've gotten from the media below!