#1 Create Lifelong Voters
Hawai'i is currently ranked 51st for voter turnout, after all other states and Washington, DC. Lowering voting age to 16 could raise us to 36th.
Increase Civic Engagement
In 2013, when Takoma Park, Maryland, lowered its voting age to 16, registered voters under 18 had a turnout rate four times higher than voters over 18.
Give Youth a voice
The future is in the hands of voters, who within the next few decades will not be here to face the increasingly disastrous effects of issues such as climate change. Youth have the biggest stake in today's problems.
Create a fairer democracy
Despite being able to drive, to work, and to get married, 16-year-olds are excluded from being represented.