Golden may lower the voting age to 16 for local elections
Author: 9News - September 5, 2018 - Updated: September 6, 2018
Voters in Golden could decide in November to allow 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in municipal elections after City Council voted unanimously to refer a question to the ballot on Monday.
“Starting lifelong voting habits and increasing voter turnout are both great outcomes,” said City Council member Laura Weinberg. “There’s not really a downside on either of those. The more voters who feel engaged and want to vote makes for a better city.”
Council member Casey Brown points to other towns that have adopted a lower voting age.
“The studies show that it is really quite successful in getting kids to turn out and increasing voter turnout for their entire lives,” he said.