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AEHQ: Voting at 17 Years Old? [VIDEO]
The legal age to vote may be 18, but teens in one Massachusetts town are trying to get their vote to count, as well.
FOX’s Molly Line reports in this election update:
From America’s Election Headquarters…
They’re not old enough to vote, but they want to. So teenagers from Lowell, Massachusetts – one of the state’s oldest mill towns – are pounding the hallways of the state capitol, trying to convince lawmakers that 17-year-olds in their city should be able to cast a ballot in municipal elections, giving them a voice in local government.
The teens already jumped one legal hurdle when the Secretary of State’s office deemed a special ballot, limited to local elections, would be Constitutional. The effort must now be approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor, before finally coming back to Lowell for a city-wide referendum in 2013, which means many of the teens fighting for a vote right now will be 18 and able to legally participate. They say they’re fighting for the next generation of 17-year-olds.
In Lowell, Massachusetts, Molly Line, FOX News Radio.
WATCH more of Molly Line’s report on the efforts in Lowell HERE: