Facts: 17 Year-Old Primary Voting

The Facts: 17-Year-Old Primary Voting

17-year-olds can vote in primaries and caucuses in large number of states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Seventeen-year-olds may also vote in District of Columbia primaries. Most have done this by state law, but others by changing state party rules. Parties may request allowing 17-year-old primary voting by asserting their First Amendment freedom of association rights.


17-year-old primary and caucus voting does not require state legislative action


Primary voting rights for 17-year-olds is legal and does not change the voting age


Voting when young forms a lifetime habit

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