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Marylanders Can Vote at 16 In Some Areas

September 20th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

In November, voters in Rockville can participate in a non-binding referendum on lowering the voting age to 16. Alyssa Canty with Common Cause says at this age, young people are often beginning to see the impact of civic policy.

Maryland state law permits city councils to lower the voting age at the local level, and so far five cities in Maryland have done so. In Somerset, Maryland in Montgomery County, 16-year-olds will be able to vote in local elections beginning next May.  Canty sees late high school as a good time to engage young people.