Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Bill That Would Allow Teens To Vote

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would allow some teenagers under the age of 18 to vote.

The Associated Press reports the proposed bill would allow towns and cities to give 16 and 17-year old residents the right to vote in municipal elections. It would now, however, lower the voting age statewide.

The issue is going before the Joint Committee on Elections at a public hearing on Wednesday.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is among the supporters of lowering the voting age. She has proposed lowering the federal voting age from 18 to 16.

Critics of the bill worry that 16-year-olds are not mature enough to vote.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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