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All Things Maine

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

17-Year-Olds Get the Vote

On June 13, Maine's 17-year-olds will be able to vote in a primary for the first time—so long as they'll turn 18 in time for Election Day in November.
The law change actually took effect last year, but this is the first chance for 17-year-olds to vote in major races.

"It never would have happened if it weren't for the young people," said Rep. Glenn Cummings, D-Portland, who sponsored the bill. Students from Portland High School, Erskine Academy and other schools lobbied legislators in Augusta.

"They made the case," Cummings said. [Link]

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