Hyattsville leaders consider plan to let 16-year-olds vote

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the Hyattsville City Council will allow the public to comment on its proposal to let 16-year-olds vote in local elections.

The council is considering a plan to lower the voting age to 16. The change is designed to increase voter participation and could be in effect for this year’s mayoral and council seat elections.

Supporters say that teenagers are already working and driving at 16, so allowing them to vote now will influence a lifetime of casting ballots.

If it passes, Hyattsville will join the city of Takoma Park in allowing teenagers to vote.

Tuesday’s public hearing takes place at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, 3rd floor. Call 301-985-5000 for more information.

WTOP’s Mark Lewis contributed to this report.

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