Vivek Ramaswamy, a GOP presidential contender, will propose raising the voting age to 25. Ramaswamy spoke to Fox News Digital on his tour bus in Iowa during the GOP presidential election.
According to the former CEO, he will propose an amendment to the Constitution that would increase the voting age from 18 to 25. That’s unless an individual serves in the military, is a first responder, or can pass the civics test immigrants must take to become citizens.
Ramaswamy stated he would propose the constitutional amendment at a last week Thursday night rally alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
We’re not a direct democracy. We are a *constitutional republic.* We need to revive civic duty among young Americans. That’s why I’m announcing my support for a constitutional amendment to raise the voting age from 18 to 25, but to still allow 18-year-olds to vote if they either… pic.twitter.com/Wases9IrWu
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) May 12, 2023
Ramaswamy said he discussed this with Iowa youth. He said on Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds would be present and he believes it would be the best time to unveil one of his most ambitious campaign plans.
Ramaswamy believes the amendment will increase civic involvement and voter education in America.
The GOP candidate said his amendment would ultimately “supersede” the 26th Amendment’s 18-year voting age.
Ramaswamy mentioned the 26th Amendment was adopted in 1971. One of the justifications for that was if one is going to have an army draft, which brings 18-year-olds in, they subsequently should be given the right to vote.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is calling to ban 18 to 25-year-olds from voting or force Gen Z voters to undergo a government-mandated “test” to have their voting rights restored. The test would not apply to other generations. https://t.co/dzyJyuuLJT
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) May 11, 2023
He told Fox News Digital the measure is fundamentally distinct from Jim Crow rules and there’s no room for funny play as you saw in the Jim Crow era.
Ramaswamy feels the amendment will make voting a right and a true privilege by linking real civic duty to it and encouraging younger Americans to vote.
He called his proposal an American vision for restoring responsibilities and pride in citizenship in the upcoming generation of Americans.
Just recently, Ramaswamy said he’s already invested eight figures on his 2024 White House bid and has “no limit” to his spending.
Forbes values Ramaswamy at $600 million. Ramaswamy hasn’t refuted previous claims that he is worth over half a billion dollars.This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.