Our efforts to lower the NY voting age have attracted some media attention. Check it out here.
"'This is how democratic reforms happen, through grass-roots action by New Yorkers committed to making our democracy fairer and better,” Carroll said in a statement. “It gives me pride to see our state’s future generation of leaders rising up to make change.' Carroll, a lawyer with a background in voting rights, said he sees the Young Voter Act as a critical first step toward reforming New York state archaic voting practices. "
Our very own founder and chair Eli Frankel contributed an op-ed to the New York Daily News on why a voting age of 17 is not just fair to young people across the state, but is also beneficial to New Yorkers of all ages. "So, by simply lowering the voting age one year, we can foster a whole new generation of active and engaged voters with healthy voting habits to last them a lifetime. On Tuesday, May 9, the Youth Progressive Policy Group will send a busload of New York high school students to the statehouse in Albany to lobby lawmakers to support the Young Voter Act. We hope that once again, the State of New York can be a pioneer in expanding civil rights."
Check out this article written by our Social Media Director, Ilana Cohen. "Lowering the voting age by just one year could make all the difference for millions of teens around the state, and set a glowing example of how students can effect social change for the rest of the country."
"Carroll got the idea from three students at Bard High School – Eli Frankel, Chris Stauffer and Max Shatan – who hatched their proposed law under the auspices of the Youth Progressive Policy Group (YPPG), a grassroots organization aspiring to engage young people in a dialogue with both local and statewide policy."
"'It all began with a simple question: what can high school students do between election years to really influence policy.'" -Eli Frankel (Chair)