The District of Columbia is looking to be at the forefront of the latest and greatest big idea from the Democrats and their network of front groups and activist organizations by making early moves to lower the voting age to sixteen in time for the 2020 presidential election.
With no ideas, no platform other hatred of Trump and identity politics and a lackluster collection of bargain basement candidates to offer, Democrats have to find a way to build a better mousetrap if they are to have any hope at retaking the White House. Too much time has already been wasted so the solution seems to be to try to move the goalposts in order to change the rules to allow for dumber mice to participate.
Thus the movement to lower the voting age with David Hogg and the Fab Five from Parkland being promoted as examples that teenagers are sufficiently educated and experienced prior to age 18 to have their say in the democratic process. It’s the ultimate in identity politics, pitting the young against their elders so get ready for the big drive to set a precedent in order to roll it out on a national level.
DC considers lowering voting age to 16… https://t.co/gevNdhNsSJ
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 17, 2018
By the 2020 presidential election, 16 and 17-year-olds may be able to vote in the nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C. may lower the voting age for federal and local elections to 16. The legislation was introduced last Tuesday by D.C. council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who said he was inspired by the high schoolers that came to D.C. to protest at the March for our lives.
Advocates of the measure say they have the support of seven of 13, a majority of D.C. Council members.
“I think people are getting excited about this, especially with what’s going on in the nation right now in terms of youth leading social change. So I think that people are going to be very excited about it and want to get on board,” said Alisha Chopra, 18, a senior at School Without Walls.
In theory, it is a brilliant way for a party that has sunk to new depths of cynicism with the exploitation of teenagers to push gun control and the effort can now be expanded since the blueprint has been established.
In practice, it could be more difficult and may require a constitutional amendment like it did back in 1971 – at least on a national level. The best bet is that the Dems will only selectively target areas where they need to boost turnout and then hope that the kiddies get out to vote.