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Virginia lawmaker renews push to lower voting age to 16 in local elections
by: Jackie DeFusco, Dean Mirshahi   
Posted: Nov 22, 2022 / 05:31 PM EST   
Updated: Nov 22, 2022 / 06:50 PM EST   
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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A Virginia Democrat wants to lower the voting age for local elections to 16, a change to the state’s constitution that voters would ultimately need to approve.

After previous efforts failed, Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) is once again proposing a constitutional amendment ahead of the 2023 General Assembly session to allow Virginians 16 and older to register to vote and cast ballots in local elections.

This includes races for mayor, city council, school boards and county boards of supervisors. Rasoul said changing the minimum voting age for state and federal elections would require a change to the U.S. Constitution. ...

At the earliest, Virginia voters would see the proposed amendment as a referendum on the 2024 statewide ballot — but that depends on the support it receives in the General Assembly.

Before the proposal can go to voters, it needs to be approved by the state legislature two years in a row in between an election for the Virginia House of Delegates. The Virginia House and the state Senate will be on the ballot in the 2023 General Assembly elections.  ...
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Re: Virginia lawmaker renews push to lower voting age to 16 in local elections
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2022, 03:26:44 pm »
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