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San Francisco Considers Changing Voting Age – Activist Group Wants To Lower Legal Age From 18 To 16
By Ben Dutka|September 14, 2020
San Francisco Considers Changing Voting Age – Activist Group Wants To Lower Legal Age From 18 To 16

With the November presidential election coming up fast, lawmakers and politicians face a variety of hurdles. The pandemic has led to the controversial mail-in voting option, for instance.

But as any election approaches, other questions are considered are as well.  For example, should the legal voting age remain 18 … or should it be changed?

That has always been a hotly debated topic, after all.

And San Francisco is about to decide if 18 is the correct voting age, or if it should be lowered.

If the proposition passes in November, the California city would be the first in the nation to allow those under the age of 18 to legally vote in in local elections.

And that new legal age? They want it to be 16.

Via Breitbart (citing NBC News):

San Francisco residents will vote in November to determine if 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in local elections.

A group called Vote 16 SF is pushing for the voting age to drop to 16; they are demanding that local state officials “treat them as equal constituents.”

They also claim that getting the right to vote would give them “the support and resources they need to continue building on that habit as they grew older,” so said Vote 16 SF organizer Crystal Chan.

Here’s a snippet from the group’s website:

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds deserve the right to vote on issues that affect them on the local level.

Further, voting is the most reliable way for ordinary citizens to influence the government.

Lowering the voting age would make sure local politicians to listen to sixteen- and 17-year-olds and address their needs.

But not everyone is on board with the idea.

Colorado College senior and Republican activist Nate Hochman told NBC that young people simply “might not be able to recognize good governance.”

Hochman added that sophomores and juniors in high school are “deeply impressionable.” They’re also “not capable of making completely rational decisions about voting.”

But Vote 16 SF does have one big backer: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

She said it’s “important to capture kids when they are in high school, when they are learning about the government.”

Despite the Speaker’s support, however, the idea is still bound to meet with stiff opposition when the city votes on the idea in November.

If it passes, though, it would set a precedent — one that other towns and cities around the nation might follow.

Key Takeaways:

  • San Francisco wants to lower the legal voting age from 18 to 16.
  • Vote 16 SF is pushing for this to happen, as they believe it would ensure that politicians “address the needs” of 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also supports the idea. But many Republicans are expected to be against it.

Source: Breitbart

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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