Where in MoCo Can 16-Year-Olds Vote?
It’s common knowledge in the US that the voting age is 18, but one place in Montgomery County allows teens as young as 16 to vote in city elections.
Takoma Park made history in 2013 when the City Council voted in favor of lowering the city’s voting age to 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds, a first in the United States.
Although teens would only be able to vote in city elections, the council hoped to create lifelong voters.
According to Pew Research Center in 2018, Americans tended to vote less than most developed countries. Proponents of the lowered voting age argued that an earlier voting age could potentially help raise voter turnout. Supporters also added that many Takoma Park teens cared about their city and wanted to vote.
The City of Gaithersburg brought up the conversation of changing its voting age to 16, but the proposed amendment didn’t gain the same traction and is no longer in consideration.