Why lower the voting age?
America is in a major voting crisis. The 2014 election cycle had the lowest youth voter turnout in history, and in Colorado, school board elections are amoungst the lowest voter turn outs of any election. Engaging 16 and 17 years olds in elections of school board members will help to reverse that trend by starting voting habits earlier.
increase fair representation
School board decisions have great influence on the lives of 16- and 17-year-olds. They deserve to vote, and research shows they are mature enough to do so.
improve civic engagement
Research suggests that casting a first ballot at 16 or 17 will lead to a lifetime of voting and civic engagement.
promote practical civic education
Participating in school board elections teaches young people how to research candidates, identify and debate key issues, and effectively participate in an election before they graduate from high school.