Legislative Log: Rep. Marvin Nelson says he wants to lower voting age to 16
North Dakota had a record smashing turnout for a midterm election on November 6, but Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, wants more voters. To do that, he wants a constitutional amendment lowering the voting age to 16 in North Dakota.
"Everybody says, 'Well I don't know that every 16-year-old is ready to vote.' But, I don’t know that every 40-year-old is ready to vote," said Nelson.
Washington D.C. recently considered a bill lowering the voting age, but the city council voted Tuesday to keep it from progressing.
North Dakota would be the first state to lower the age to 16.