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A new bill is being proposed in D.C. that would lower voting age to 16

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A bill that would lower the voting age to 16 in Washington, D.C. was proposed Tuesday by Councilmember Charles Allen.

The Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018 was introduced with a goal of starting the habit of voting with teens, and raising their level of involvement in community affairs, according to a release from the Vote16 DC coalition.

Other cities nationwide are considering legislation that would lower the voting age.

Teen voting is not uncommon as three cities currently in Maryland (Takoma Park, Hyattsville, and Greenbelt) grant 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote, the release states.

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If D.C. is able to pass its legislation, it would be the first major city in the U.S. to do so.

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