House rejects bid to lower federal voting age to 16

The House on Wednesday rejected a measure to lower the nation’s voting age to 16.

Lawmakers voted 125-302 to reject an amendment proposed by Rep. Ayanna Pressley to lower the mandatory minimum voting age for federal elections. Voters must be 18 years old to vote in federal elections.

“My amendment would enfranchise young Americans to help shape and form policies that will set the course for our future, from police violence to immigration reform to climate change,” the Massachusetts Democrat said, urging lawmakers to support her proposal.

Pressley proposed the amendment as part of a sweeping election reform bill authored by
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