Democrats reintroduce vote-getting 'gimmick'

Democrats reintroduce vote-getting 'gimmick'

Democrats reintroduce vote-getting 'gimmick'

A public policy analyst says the Democrats' renewed effort to lower the voting age to 16 is clearly another attempt to pad the electorate with more left-leaning voters.

Last week, more than a dozen House Democrats proposed an amendment to lower the voting age. The resolution would do away with the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows U.S. citizens to vote if they are at least 18 years of age.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Grace Meng of New York, would replace that with new language that says, "The right of citizens of the United States, who are 16 years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age."

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"The idea to lower the voting age to age 16 or 17 is a gimmick," responds Jameson Taylor, director of policy and legislative affairs at AFA Action. "The Left is parasitic. They cannot win the middle class vote because all of their policies are destroying the middle class. They are destroying small businesses. They are destroying opportunities for average hard-working people to get ahead."

So young voters are a group on which the Democrats think they can depend to enact left-leaning policies like gun control and environmental measures.

"These are voters that are going to vote on uniformed emotions, and that's what gives the Left its power -- not facts, but feelings; not knowledge, but ignorance," Taylor explains. "We've seen this constitutional amendment to allow 16-year-olds to vote in the past."

Though the fact that the bill has "died year after year" is unlikely to change now, Taylor expects those who are pushing the idea will keep up the effort at the state and federal levels.

Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.