Lowering the Voting Age: Our Future Our Vote Act
Lowering the voting age to 16 is a bold idea to strengthen our democracy. We know that when people develop civic habits at a younger age, they’re more likely to stick. Research from this country and others suggests that lowering the voting age can improve voter turnout, spur civic engagement, and encourage effective civic education.
The Our Future Our Vote Act, proposed on February 18th, 2019, seeks to change the Oregon constitution to allow 16 year-olds to vote. If it passes in the legislature, it would go to voters as a ballot measure.