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Should The Voting Age Be Lowered To 16? Activist Explains Why He Thinks It Makes Sense




In an effort to boost civic engagement among younger voters, Tyler Okeke, 19, has been campaigning to lower the voting age to 16.
In an effort to boost civic engagement among younger voters, Tyler Okeke, 19, has been campaigning to lower the voting age to 16.
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Currently, the legal age to vote for young adults is 18. Some activists though want to see it lowered to 16 and use several points to back up the effort. Sixteen year olds are often studying U.S. history in high school at that time and it could lead to more habitual voting practices. 

Nineteen-year-old youth organizer Tyler Okeke has supported the effort since 2018 when he held a student member position with LAUSD’s Board of Education. He says he personally felt left out of decision-making processes that directly impacted him. He also argues that Gen Z and young people have been extremely involved in politics informally through protests and march and want to have a say in the quality of life that will ultimately be left to them. Today on AirTalk, Okeke joins Larry to discuss. We also want to hear from listeners. What do you think about lowering the voting age to 16? Share your thoughts by calling 866-893-5722.  

Guest:

Tyler Okeke, Vote at 16 Youth Organizer for Power California, which focuses on voter engagement and empowering young voters of color