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    From the Comments: The voting age

    (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 a voter casts his ballot in the midterm election at the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. - Foreign meddling and hacking attempts had "no material impact" on the US midterm congressional elections last year, according to a high-level review by the Justice and Homeland Security Departments on February 5, 2019. A summary of the classified report did not confirm various reports from state and local security officials during the campaign that foreign actors tried to break into voting systems and databases in multiple states. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
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    Last week, in “Lower the voting age? Let’s raise it instead,” columnist Jeff Jacoby criticized Representative Ayanna Pressley’s proposal to drop the voting age from 18 to 16.

    In the piece, he made reference to the 26th Amendment, passed in 1971, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

    A commenter with the username sideflare remembered arguing with his father over that measure decades ago:


    “As a teenager and a person who already knew all there was to know, I was all for it. As a retired military commander and a conservative person, he was against it. My argument was that if 18-year-olds were old enough to fight in wars they should be allowed to vote. His argument — which I have found more and more persuasive over the years — was that 18-year-olds should not be sent to war.”