Navarro and Riemer Support Lowering Voting Age
The Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee which includes councilmember Hans Riemer, Nancy Navarro and Sidney Katz heard a report and recommendations of the Right to Vote Task Force Thursday. The task force report includes several recommended changes to the county’s voting policies. You can read the full report below.
One of the recommendations suggested that the County Council and Executive propose to the Maryland General Assembly reducing the voting age from 18 to 16 years old for county elections.
Riemer and Navarro supported that suggestions. Katz opposed the move saying he believed it could create confusion because the teens would not be able to vote in state and federal elections, but rather just local Montgomery County races.
Katz said he believes the issues should be one put to a referendum.
The recommendation now goes before the Montgomery County Council for consideration. That discussion has not yet been scheduled.