Local Congressman Supports Lowering Federal Election Voting Age to 16-Years-Old

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Washington – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to his support of an amendment to H.R. 1 that would lower the mandatory minimum voting age from 18-years-old to 16-years-old in federal elections.

The amendment was introduced by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). Recently, Congressman Gonzalez supported adoption of the amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019.

“There is a growing sense of vigilance and civic engagement among our nation’s youth,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “From McAllen, Texas to Washington, D.C., our nation’s young people are holding the federal government to the highest standards and demanding that public servants at every level of government honor the promises they made to uphold the Constitution and serve their fellow Americans. If these young adults are allowed to enter the workforce and support our nation’s economy as taxpayers, then I believe it is my duty as a Member of Congress to not only elevate their voice, but to give them the most fundamental tool in our democracy – the right to vote and that is why I supported this measure in the House.”

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