Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said he wants to raise the voting age from 18.
The biotech entrepreneur’s campaign said he supports a Constitutional amendment to change the overall voting age to 25, unless younger Americans fulfill at least six months of service in the military or as a first responder – or pass the same citizenship test administered to those seeking to become naturalized citizens, the Associated Press reports.
Ramaswamy detailed his stance during a campaign event Thursday in Urbandale, Iowa.
“I understand not everyone will like this proposal and that it will take persuasion to convince many of its merits, but I’m ready to take that on,” he said.
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The 37-year-old is the youngest person running for president in 2024 so far.
Making changes to the U.S. Constitution requires approval by two-thirds of Congress, as well as three-fourths of state legislators.
As part of his proposal, Ramaswamy argued that his plan would require “no additional government bureaucracy” to administer, saying debate generated by his proposal “will itself catalyze a long overdue conversation in America about what it means to be a citizen and how to foster civic pride in the next generation.”