Voting is something younger teens can handle, says Temple’s Laurence Steinberg

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Takoma Park, Md., the famously progressive suburb of Washington, D.C., has just extended voting rights in municipal elections to 16- and 17-year-olds, and it’s part of a growing trend. While there are always questions about picking the right age cutoff for various activities, voting is something younger teenagers should be able to handle, says Laurence Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple and an expert in adolescent brain development. "Adolescents are probably just as good as adults at really taking information and making a logical decision about it," says Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple University. "That doesn't mean they'll always do it logically, but neither do adults."