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Jonathan Bernstein

Dude, Where's My Vote?

 Young people in Lowell, Massachusetts, are pushing for 17-year-olds to be allowed to vote in local elections, and they made some real progress this week.
If you can drive, should you be able to vote? Photographer: Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images
If you can drive, should you be able to vote? Photographer: Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images

I didn't expect to return to this topic so quickly, but there's actually news about lowering the voting age. Young people in Lowell, Massachusetts, are pushing for 17-year-olds to be allowed to vote in local elections, and they made some real progress this week.

This comes after Takoma Park, Maryland, lowered its voting age (again, just for local elections) to 16 for elections last year. When I started writing about this a few years ago it just seemed like fun speculation -- akin to wondering how to refashion the Senate to avoid the massive but firmly entrenched imbalances in the Constitutional scheme. But who knows? Maybe there's going to be a real issue here.