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Iowa Legislature considers bill to lower voting registration age to 16

DES MOINES – A bill lowering the age at which a person may register to vote has been introduced at the Iowa capitol, and legislators are pondering it at this time.

Under HF56 teens would be able to register to vote at age 16. The voting age would remain at 18.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate calls the bill “interesting”. He says it originated from Carlisle Community School District where high school student Sydney Uhlman came up with the idea “to lower Iowa’s voter registration age to 16. They still wouldn’t be able to vote until they’re 18, but Sydney argues this would get more young people engaged in the process.

Republican Representative Zach Nunn has sponsored the bill in the Iowa Legislature.

The bill made it out of subcommittee hearings Wednesday, February 1.

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