A major reason that’s given to justify lowering the voting age is that people who start voting when they’re young will stay politically active throughout their lives.
Until 1971, Americans couldn’t vote until they were twenty-one years old. The Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the age to eighteen. But, why not, say, sixteen? Or, even younger?
Like many people, we are awed by the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for taking the lead in America’s ongoing debates over the balance between the right to own guns and the need to control access to them.
There are lots of ways you can express your political views and make a difference for the issues you care about. But, one action you probably haven’t considered is running for office.