On November 6, thousands of candidates will run for office across the U.S. They will have different ideas about how to solve problems. But nearly all of them will have one thing in common—they’ll be adults. By law, most elected officials must be at least 18 years old. That’s also the minimum age to vote in state and national elections.
Many people say age shouldn’t matter when it comes to having a job in government. Jack Bergeson is one of them. He is one of six teenagers who entered this year’s race for governor in Kansas.
“The most important thing is caring for the people and having a strong vision,” Jack says.
But other people argue that candidates running for office should be old enough to actually vote. They also point out that teens can have a voice in government even without running for office. For example, young people can suggest ideas for new laws.
None of the teens in Kansas wound up on the ballot for governor. A new law will prevent kids in the state from running for office in the future. It sets the minimum age to run for governor at 25. That will leave Vermont as the only state with no age requirement for governor.