Yesterday the State House of Representatives took up a resolution to amend the state Constitution allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections when they will turn 18 before the regular election. The chamber voted in favor of the measure by 105-36, but failed to meet the required two-thirds vote, and will therefore be sent to the 2009 General Assembly.
If there is anything we clearly need, it's more low-rider cars blasting Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pulling up to the polling places. As we all know, liberalism is based on knee-jerk emotionally immature responses to the critical questions of the times. Is there any more emotionally immature group of people in America than teenagers? Giving this group more voting rights broadens the voting base of the left.
Some lefties, like Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, argue that this allows 17-year-olds "greater access to the electoral process and will increase voter turnout among young people and their parents." Apparently, this will also "supplement civics curriculums" in high schools.
Perhaps this drive to get more appletini-fueled eco-sensitive cheerleader types to help select the next leaders of the state and free world is no threat at all. Many teenagers I know can't be motivated to do their homework on time, let alone get to a voting booth.
But there are motivated young people out there... the Hartford Courant reported today that members of the Connecticut Young Democrats accused six House GOP members of "sabotage" of the resolution by switching their votes. Where were the Young Republicans on this!?! It's outrageous that they weren't sought for a response! Oh, I forgot... they were at work because they have jobs.