Takoma Park Teens to Vote for First Time Tuesday

Takoma Park Council lowered voting age back in May.

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    Some Maryland residents may see some younger faces when they go to the polls this Election Day.

    For the first time, teens in Takoma Park will be allowed to vote in municipal elections. The Montgomery County community is the first in the country to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, the Washington Post reports.

    While casting their vote will be a historic moment for teens in the county, Tuesday's race is a bit of a snooze. All but one mayoral and city council race is uncontested.

    Voters in other parts of Maryland will also fill mayoral and council seats. In College Park, incumbent mayor Andrew Fellows is facing his first opponent in 24 years.

    Officials hope lowering the voting age will help foster a life-long commitment to participating in elections. But registration is off to a slow start -- only about 90 16- and 17-year-olds have registered to vote since the law changed back in May.

    Polls in the state will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m..