Pelosi: ‘Really Important’ We Enable 16-Year-Olds to Vote

‘It’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school’

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REPORTER: “There’s been some criticism from the ACLU about it and in regards to the freedom of speech issue. And as far as 16-year-old voting where do you see that going into the future?”

PELOSI: “Well, I — I disagree with the ACLU on this, in terms of legislation we couldn’t be prouder of H.R. 1. This is about reducing the role of big dark special interest money in politics and empowering small donors. It’s about ending voter suppression. It’s about making the districting fair. It’s — it’s — it’s really a source of joy and hope to so many people in the country. I myself personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus, I myself have always been for lowering the voter — the voting age to 16. I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote. That — that is not necessary — you know, in other words, some of the priorities in this bill are about transparency and openness and accessibility and the rest, that’s a subject of debate. But my view is that I would welcome that. But I had been in that position for a long time.”

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