Youth leaders testify before DC Council on the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018.
“Only one in five voters ages 18-24 actually votes. By lowering the voting age to 16, DC can not only teach students about the concept of civic engagement, but also provide the actual experience of getting registered and into a habit of voting early in life.”
- Alik Schier, 16, Peer Educator at Young Women’s Project and Ward 1 resident
"It's our future that we're voting for. We should have the right to make our own choices and determine our own destiny."
- David Adams, 14, Junior Mentor at Life Pieces To Masterpieces and Ward 7 Resident.
"16 year olds deal with peer pressure, gun violence, drugs, bullying and more. We're mature enough to rise above all of that, and we do have a voice."
- Elijah Robinson, 16, Junior Mentor at Life Pieces To Masterpieces and Ward 7 Resident.