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Proposed bill could lower voting age in Washington DC to 16

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A proposed bill could lower the voting age in Washington D.C. to 16.

According to Fox 5, D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018 earlier this month. The bill would permit D.C. residents to register to vote in local district races as well as the presidential election beginning on their 16th birthday.

Presently, residents in Washington D.C. must be 18 years old by the time of the next general election in order to cast their votes.

Allen stated in a release, "At the age of 16, our society already gives young people greater legal responsibility. They can drive a car. They can work. Some are raising a family or helping their family make ends meet. They pay taxes. Ironically, they pay fees to get a license plate that reads 'Taxation Without Representation.' I think it's time to change that."

It's not the first time legislation has been proposed to lower the voting age in D.C. Allen also proposed a similar bill in 2015.

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