We can do better, gang. The big irony in all this? Richard Nixon was petrified (at first) of what Constitutionally lowering the voting age to 18 would do to his 1972 chances. (Of course, he had nothing to worry about.) It’s true that 2008 bumped “youth” numbers higher than they’d been (see these handy U of Maryland data), but even our youth-fueled peaked proportion is still about 17 points behind Germany’s whole turnout. Germany! Tubas and bratwurst and polka! Surely we can beat that!
So, my contribution? Votey McBallotton III!
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