Voting Age Agreement
Even young voters might feel dissatisfied. According to some estimates, the average age of voters who participated in the 2016 elections was 52 years and even 57 years for participants in the 2014 midters. A 2016 study of mayor participation in 50 U.S. cities showed that the average age of residents in the average big city is 42. But the average age of municipal elections was 57. In Dallas, Las Vegas and Miami, there can be between 62 and 68. When a law to lower the age of elections is passed, it should include a specific provision to ensure a speedy finding of its validity, so that disputes opposing the legislation can be resolved as soon as possible. Similar acceleration procedures were introduced in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In order to ensure that disputes under the statute do not tarnish the outcome of an election, it may be desirable to include a provision that limits the time within which a legal challenge could be initiated or to postpone the effective date of the statute for a sufficient period of time to ensure that a final Supreme Court judgment on its validity is obtained before an election. Mr President, I am pleased to have the opportunity to appear before this eminent subcommittee and to strongly support the movement to lower the age of elections to 18. The men of military service, who turned 19 during the First World War, were eligible to vote in 1918, regardless of age, under the Representation of the People Act 1918, which also allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote. The Equal Franchise Act 1928 reduced the voting age for women to 21.
Finally, the response to COVID-19`s global health emergency in 2020 has brought an interesting new perspective to the debate on the age of elections. The economic and social impact of COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of life for all groups of society, but as an OECD report points out, vulnerable young people are at significant risk in education, employment, mental health and disposable income. In New Zealand, tens of billions of dollars have been lent to mitigate these effects. Those who object to the amount of the loan to deal with the consequences of COVID-19 have asked how and by whom these debts will be repaid. In some areas, there has been a lot of talk about the debt of today`s youth for years. In a pre-election debate, ACT candidate Brooke van Velden called the government`s economic response to COVID-19 «child tax abuse» and received a strong rebuke from Chloe Swarbrick of the Greens.