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Student Voice, Student Vote is a growing coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to change Colorado state law to allow 16- and 17-year olds the right to vote in school board elections.

Why lower the voting age?

  1. 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.

  2. Improve Civic Engagement. Research suggests that casting a first ballot at 16 or 17 will lead to a lifetime of voting and civic engagement.

  3. Promote Practical Civic Education. Participating in school board elections teach them how to research candidates, identify and debate key issues, and effectively participate in an election before they graduate from high school.

  4. Contribution to School Community. Youth are experts in their own educational experience and giving them the right to vote can result in better policies that will directly strengthen their school communities.