Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that the voting age should be lowered to 16 years old, telling reporters on Capitol Hill, “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they are in high school when they are interested in all of this, when they are learning about government, to be able to vote.”
As USA Today noted, the House actually defeated an amendment to the bill by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) that would have lowered the age for voting to 16 in federal elections.
Voters in Pelosi’s home city of San Francisco defeated a referendum in 2016 to lower the local voting age to 16.
Across the San Francisco Bay, in Berkeley, 16-year-olds can vote in elections for the local public school board.
1 for some of its restrictions on political speech, writing to Congress that the legislation could “unconstitutionally burden the speech and associational rights of many public interest organizations and American citizens” and “chill speech essential to our public discourse.”