A state senator proposes Nebraska lower its voting age to 16.
Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln made public her proposal during a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce legislature forum.
Wishart says lowering the current voting age from 18 would attract more youth to become engaged in politics and make more young people consider Nebraska as a good place to live.
Wishart, at 33 one of the youngest state senators in the Unicameral, says she will push this session for a constitutional amendment to be placed before voters. She says the measure would apply only to local and state elections.
The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18, was approved in 1971.
Nebraska does allow 17-year-olds to vote, if their birthday falls before the election.