Young Voter Act

Last week, Assemblymember Robert Carroll officially introduced bill A.6839 to the floor of the New York State Assembly. The bill lowers the NY voting age to 17, ensures that NY high school students are fully educated in civic participation, and streamlines the process of voter registration by encouraging students to register in the classroom. Check out our bill here.

Find out more about our policy proposal and why we believe the voting age should be lowered here

TAKE ACTION

Call State Assemblymembers and Senators. In your calls, make sure to

  1. State your name and zip code (if you are calling your representative)
  2. State the bill number: A.6839 and the accompanying constitutional amendment, A.6840
  3. Say why you believe 17 year olds should be able to vote
  4. Say why you believe civics should be taught in high school, and students should be able to register to vote in their high schools
  5. Be kind and courteous 

Call:

Your local Assemblymember and Senator. Find your senator's contact information here, and your assemblymember's contact information here. Or, call these numbers:

Elections Chair Michael Cusick: Albany (518-455-5526); District (718-370-1384)

Speaker Carl Heastie: Albany (518-455-3791); District (718-654-6539)

Majority Leader Joseph Morelle: Albany (518-455-5373); District (585-467-0410)

Use This Call Script:

My name is __________ [if you live in the district, state your zip code or address] and I am calling to support Assemblymember Carroll’s Young Voter Act, which would lower the New York voting age to 17. On Tuesday, May 9th, students from the Youth Progressive Policy Group will be in Albany to support the Young Voter Act (A6839) and the accompanying constitutional amendment (A6840).

We ask that you schedule a vote in the assembly Election Law committee and bring the Young Voter Act (once again that is bill A6839) to the floor of the assembly.

[Wait for response]

I support the Young Voter Act because: 
Pick one or two

Nearly 80% of American students will work a job and pay taxes before they graduate high school. Those same students have no say as to how their tax dollars are spent.

A lower voting age would mean higher civic engagement among all age groups. And in a political climate like today’s, where civic engagement among young people has dropped precipitously, it is more important than ever for high school students to both be taught nuts-and-bolts civics and be given the opportunity to register to vote in their classrooms.

Higher civic engagement among young people would lead to higher civic engagement among all age groups, thanks to a well-studied phenomena called the civic engagement trickle-up effect.

A lower voting age has worked elsewhere: in Austria, Scotland, Brazil, Argentina, and even in a small city in Maryland, civic engagement flourished when young people gained the franchise.