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Morning Read: Takoma Park Could Soon Have the Lowest Voting Age in the United States

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    A hearing has been set for April 8 in Takoma Park, Md., to gauge public opinion on whether the city should lower its voting age for local elections to 16.

    Two councilmembers proposed the measure to engage young voters and make the local voting process more representative.The legal voting age for national and state elections would remain set at 18.

    If it's passed, according to WTOP, Takoma Park would have the youngest voters in the country.

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