Amendment V, Lower Age Requirement For State Legislature Explained

Amendment V would lower the age requirement to serve in the state legislature from 25 to 21.

Proponents say restricting 21- to 24-year-olds from serving in the legislature is an unnecessary restriction. Allowing younger candidates to run for office encourages civic engagement, they say. Opponents say younger candidates may not have the maturity and expertise to be effective legislators.

The measure is statutory, meaning it needs a simple majority to pass.