WHY LOWER THE VOTING AGE IN MICHIGAN?
STRENGTHEN CIVIC EDUCATION.
Students learn best when the material they study in school is relevant to their lives outside the classroom. By inviting young people into the voting booth, we ensure a generation of informed voters.
16- AND 17- YEAR OLDS HAVE A STAKE IN THE GAME.
Youth are affected by local political issues as much as anyone. They work with minimal limits on hours and pay taxes on their income, can drive, and in some cases, are tried in adult courts. There is no better way to make sure that young people's voices are heard when it comes to local policy making than by giving them the right to vote.
MAKE VOTING A HABIT.
Extending voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in MI can go a long way to ensuring that young people become engaged, lifelong voters. Research shows that voting is a habit, and 16 is a better time to establish that habit than 18. Our democracy works best when more people participate, and lowering the voting age is an important step to make sure young people build a habit of engagement that can last a lifetime.