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Today’s kids are awesome: Part III

February 11, 2008

The more of this kind of news I hear, the more excited I get about the elections. Sarah Boltuck, a 17-year old resident of Maryland has successfully taken on the Maryland state election board and won back rights for 17-year-olds to vote in tomorrows primary.

Maryland is one of a few states that traditionally allowed 17-year-olds to vote in the primaries, so long as they would turn 18 by the general election. This law quietly changed in a court of appeals case in 2006. That’s interesting timing. Boltuck and her father sought representation and had that decision overturned.

What spurred on Sarah Boltuck’s advocacy of voters rights?

“I thought that was one of my rights as a citizen of Maryland,” said Boltuck, who will be 18 in July. “I had assumed that when I registered to vote, it’d be no problem.”

“People just really want to get their voice heard”

When I was her age*, anytime I wanted to be heard was when I wanted to stay out late and was probably said with some kind of petulant whine. At 17, this young lady took it upon herself to win back the right to vote for 8000 Americans.

This, my friends, is a model American. Keep it coming, young America. Now, get off my lawn you kids!

* If Jack Cafferty can call me old, I can use that phrase.

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