SAN ANGELO, Texas — Thursday Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi announced she would support the voting age lower from 18 to 16-years-old.
Here in Texas, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15.) says he is in support of lowering the age of voting to 16.
And people are on each side of the fence on how they feel about it.
“I haven’t heard about this, but I really don’t think. I am not sure, but I don’t think some of the kids are mature enough at 16 to know what’s going on,” said Debby Hendrix.
As the law states right now, anyone 17-years and 10-months, can register to vote, but can not legally pouch a hole in the ballot until 18-years-old.
“Some of the people I have talked to say there is a little bit of a concern at 16 you won’t have been like a property owner, so you will not know all the impacts of laws that would have effect on you as a property owner,” said Vona Hudson, Tom Green County Elections office.
But, others say that 18-year-olds, also lack the education, experience and maturity that is being used against 16-year-olds.
“I mean we always need more education, but realistically even if you offered more education there is no way you couldn’t force people to have it and really use it that education or gain that education to gain that knowledge you can’t do that now, so it would be the same thing,” said Aaron Mattes.
However, if the law were to be approved it could also allow teenagers to vote on issues that would affect them.
“On one hand it could possibly increase the voter polls. I know, there is a lot of interested in making people more eligible to vote, so if they want to participate they can,” said Hudson.