City Council supports lowering voting age for Cambridge’s local elections to 16

“Lowering the voting age will only further support young people in being civically engaged and responsible citizens."

A voter casts her vote at a polling station in Cambridge. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP/GettyImages

The Cambridge City Council has approved a measure that calls for lowering the voting age in the city to 16 for municipal elections.

At a meeting Monday night, councilors approved sending a home-rule petition to the Legislature. Under current state law, voters must be at least 18.

“I think we are joining a growing course of cities and towns across the country and certainly here in Massachusetts to see how we can lower the voting age for our young people, and how we can get them more involved in the election process,” Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, who supported the measure, said Tuesday. Finish the story at BostonGlobe.com.



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