Last week, over 100 Democrats voted to lower the voting age to 16, and this week,House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she supports doing so because she thinks “it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school.”

The Hill reports:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support on Thursday for lowering the federal voting age to 16, telling reporters during a press conference that doing so would be a boon to voter engagement in the U.S.

Pelosi said Thursday that lowering the voting age would drive interest in politics among younger Americans who are learning about the subject in high school. The Speaker said that changing the voting age to 16 would help drive a higher level of voter awareness and turnout.

“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “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.”

Capture kids?  I’m guessing she regrets that “gaffe.”


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