Vermont Town May Allow 16- And 17-Year-Olds To Vote In Local Elections

Lori Fisher of Arroyo Grande, Calif., casts her vote in the primary election Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the San Luis Obispo South County Regional Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif. California holds its primaries under i... Lori Fisher of Arroyo Grande, Calif., casts her vote in the primary election Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the San Luis Obispo South County Regional Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif. California holds its primaries under its unusual all-candidates system, in which the top two finishers, regardless of party, face off in November. (AP Photo/The Santa Maria Times, Daniel Dreifuss) MORE LESS
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Residents of Brattleboro, Vermont, will vote on a ballot item that would let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections.

Vermont’s current voting age is 18, and that wouldn’t change for state and federal elections. The proposal by Brattleboro resident Kurt Daims (DIMES) would move the minimum age two years younger for town elections.

The town ballot will be held Tuesday. Town Clerk Annette Cappy says she’s not hearing a lot of support for the measure among older voters.

Daims has previously brought new and different ideas to the fore in Brattleboro.

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  1. I can remember when it was lowered to 18 from 21. It was the same time that alcohol was allowed to be sold to 18-year olds. IMHO, if someone is old enough to fight and die for their country, they are old enough to vote. Below that, not so much!

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