Priorities: Awash in Problems, California Eyes Giving Power at the Polls to Younger Teens

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With all the problems in the country — and in the state specifically — someone in California decided now’s the time to focus on lowering the voting age.

Hence, Proposition 18 will find a place on the Golden State’s November ballot.

But not all not-legal-adults would benefit from the privilege: Only those set for that glorious Big 1-8 before the general election would be allowed to partake in primary and special elections leading up to it.

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, several other states have passed such laws, including Kentucky and Mississippi.

Still, California’s GOP says Naw.

From The Daily Wire:

[T]he party’s website [notes] that such a measure would mean “high school seniors would be voting for important tax measures only adults would pay.”

State assemblyman Kevin Mullin — an amendment co-author — praised the proposal as a “modest move to expand voting rights for young people.”

Kevin believes it’s perfect timing for the teens:

“They’re sitting in a high-school classroom, so there’s an opportunity there for these kids to learn about the mechanics of voting, to learn about the importance of elections in general and the importance of democracy.”

Is that what California’s teaching?

Either way, given the location, it’s solidly one step closer to lowering the voting age generally.

After all — that’s what Nancy Pelosi would like.

Only she views 17 as too old.

As I covered in March of 2019, the Speaker of the House said younger folks oughta be pulling the levers that control the country.

Similarly referencing a robust political education, the congresswoman lent credence to capturing kids (Trigger Warning):

“I myself, personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus — I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16. I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school when they’re interested in all of this when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.”

In San Francisco, that’s precisely what they’ll be trying to do in just over a week. The city will vote on a measure allowing 16-year-olds in the Poop Map paradise to vote a year earlier than the rest of the Left Coast.

The Vote 16 SF site explains:

Strong civics education and a lower voting age would mutually reinforce each other to increase civic engagement. A lower voting age would make civics education more effective as providing students a way to directly apply what they’re learning in the classroom in their communities would add a crucial level of relevance to civics courses. It would also encourage more schools to implement higher quality civics education programs given its immediate implications on students lives.

Are you ready to see the nation’s future put more squarely into the hands of your new-behind-the-wheel son or daughter?

You may — visit Vote16USA.org.

Although, as some would surely point out, 16-year-olds are terrible drivers.

But don’t worry too much — perhaps it won’t affect everyone.

Per the Wire:

In some…states…17-year-olds who turn 18 by the date of the election can vote in the Democratic primaries but not Republican primaries.

-ALEX

 

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