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16 and 17 year-olds Earn the Right to Vote

ADP_IVotedLast May, the Takoma Park City Council (Md.) passed  a set of amendments to its city charter that related to voting and election laws. Perhaps most notably, this Maryland community granted 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in city elections. (The Council also chose to allow felons who have completed their term of incarceration to vote and enacted same-day voter registration.)

The decision to lower the municipal voting age from 18 to 16 makes this Montgomery County community the first in the nation to do so. And today was the first election in which 16- and 17-year-old Takoma Park residents were eligible to vote.

Read more about this story in the Washington Post, here.

Happy Election Day! Get your vote on!

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