Sep 20, 2016 3:59 PM GMT
http://fusion.net/story/348804/green-party-voting-age-16/The Green Party presidential ticket might support lowering the voting age to 16 according to their vice-presidential candidate. During Fusion’s Green Party Candidate Forum on Monday, Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka responded to a question about voting rights by suggesting that he and his running mate, Jill Stein, would be open to lowering the age of enfranchisement in the United States.
“We would do everything we can to try and make access to democracy a reality,” Baraka said, before glancing at his running mate and continuing, “and we would even, I think maybe, consider reducing the age of participation from 18 to 16. Sixteen-year-olds have the ability to think for themselves and should be able to participate.”
The Green Party has more than just an ideological incentive to support enfranchising younger voters. Polls show that the Green Party consistently performs better with younger cohorts than older ones. In at least one recent poll the Green party is polling ahead of Donald Trump among voters under the age of 30.