Why is the voting age 18? Indigenous communities believe controlled burns could help California with future fire prevention … San Diego, CA ». 68°.San Diego, CA ».. Read More Mar 14, 2019 · As USA Today noted, the House actually defeated an amendment to the bill by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) that would have lowered the age for voting to 16 in federal elections. The vote was 305-126 against the idea. However, H.R. 1 allows states to begin registering 16-year-olds to vote when they reach the legal age of 18.