Brattleboro residents younger than 18 must wait their turn to vote after a proposal to lower the voting age by two years for local elections failed at the polls Tuesday. Voters rejected all four articles on the ballot during all-day voting, including one that would have recommended a 1 percent local option tax in the town as well as the voting age proposal and two others raised by the advocacy group Brattleboro Common Sense. The local option tax failed, with 361 votes in favor and 672 against.
The voting age amendment to the town charter was rejected by a vote of 679 against and 390 in support of the change.
Supporters said allowing younger voters access to the ballot box would improve turnout and bring the right to vote in line with other privileges, such as a driver’s license, at age 16.