Voting and Democracy

The right to choose elected officials who will be champions for our children and youth is fundamental to achieving our policy goals and budget recommendations in support of families.

While the District of Columbia may not be a state (yet), we have taken important steps in recent years to make our democracy more inclusive and to engage more voters in the process.

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Our DC Kids Count initiative provides the best available District-level and ward-level data and key indicators of child and youth well-being to inspire innovative and equitable solutions.

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  • Vote 16: The Case for Expanding the Vote to Younger Voters

    June 15, 2023
    Voting and Democracy

    What is Vote 16? Vote 16 would expand voting rights to all eligible residents ages 16 and 17 in the District of Columbia. This legislation was introduced in 2018 as the “Youth Vote Amendment Act...

    View Vote 16: The Case for Expanding the Vote to Younger Voters
    Policy Brief
  • DC Kids Count 2021: Speaking Truth About Racism, Changing Policies that Racism Feeds

    April 2, 2022
    Voting and Democracy

    No matter how hard people try–and they do–it is impossible to explain away racism. Structural racism has been woven into the fabric of the United States from the moment colonizers arrived. We c...

    View DC Kids Count 2021: Speaking Truth About Racism, Changing Policies that Racism Feeds
    Blog Post
  • DC May Not Be a State (Yet), But Our Democracy Is Getting More Inclusive

    January 15, 2021
    Voting and Democracy

    The right to choose our elected officials and participate in policy making debates and decisions is fundamental to achieving so many of the other outcomes that we are working towards. While the Dis...

    View DC May Not Be a State (Yet), But Our Democracy Is Getting More Inclusive
    Blog Post