New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng introduced an amendment to the Constitution to lower the voting age to 16 years old. The 26th Amendment, passed in 1971, guarantees the right to vote to eligible citizens who are 18 years of age or older, from the previous age of 21.
Ms. Meng submitted the joint resolution on August 3, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
What the legislation would do
- Is a constitutional amendment proposal to lower the voting age to 16, for all elections (including for federal offices like president) and in all states.
- This would repeal the 26th Amendment, the one which currently establishes the voting age as 18. This would mark only the second time a constitutional amendment will have been repealed, after Prohibition was overturned in 1933.
Meng said in a statement,
“Over the past year, we have seen a huge wave of inspirational and passionate activism by students from all across the country,” Students are demanding change on issues such as gun safety, climate change, and healthcare. They deserve to have their voices heard at the ballot box and to have a say in the change for which they’re vigorously advocating. It’s clear to me that they should be allowed to vote.”
She also supports the student organization’s gun policy agenda which ranged from universal background checks on gun transfers to bans on the mystical unicorn-like “assault weapons.”
More then likely this will not pass because any proposed amendment to the Constitution would have to be submitted to Congress and approved by two-thirds of the lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate, then sent to the states for ratification with three-fourths needed to approve such a move. Alternatively, a never-used convention of states, called by two-thirds of the states, could draft such an amendment which would still need ratification by three-fourths of the states.
She has co-sponsored bills that:
- Investigate the NRA’s ties to an alleged Russian spy (a proven hoax)
- Resurrection of a federal ban on assault weapons (which don’t actually exist)
- A plan to charge those who receive NICS background checks and use the money for research of gun violence as a health issue
- Banning bump stocks and expanding background checks (because punishing law abiding citizens is always popular with the left)
Is Meng hoping that all 16 year olds will vote liberal, and share her view on gun control as well? Of course she is. Whats hilarious is that the left thinks that kids are too irresponsible to own a gun until they are 21, yet think they are responsible enough to vote at 16. Have they ever met a 16 year old?