City of Gaithersburg Considering Changing Voting Age to 16


During the June 1st City Council meeting, the City of Gaithersburg discussed a proposed amendment that would potentially change the voting age from 18 to 16 in city elections.

In 2013, Takoma Park became the first city in the United States to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds for city elections.

For now this potential amendment is just a proposal and it was mentioned that such an amendment would require the city to maintain a supplemental voter registration process and list for the 16 and 17 year old voters to register since they’re too young to register in county and state elections.

BOSE has unanimously recommended denial of the amendment based on the confusion of maintaining two voter registration processes and the additional staff time it would require.


4 Comments on "City of Gaithersburg Considering Changing Voting Age to 16"

  1. Will Dellapenna | June 2, 2020 at 1:37 pm | Reply

    I think any 16 year old who is motivated enough to vote is probably at least as well educated on the relevant issues as a 30-something who only votes in presidential elections.

    I’m 100% for this.

  2. Lynne Tucker | June 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Reply

    Having raised 2 once 16 year olds, I think this is terrible idea. They have much better judgement as adults than they did at 16.

  3. Saven Wilkins | June 3, 2020 at 8:40 am | Reply

    What/who is BOSE?

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