2020 Election California News

San Francisco Supervisors, Youth Leaders Introduce Ballot Measure To Lower Voting Age To 16 For Local Elections

San Francisco Chronicle-


San Francisco officials and city youth leaders introduced a ballot measure Tuesday that would lower the voting age to 16 for municipal elections, seizing on momentum generated by recent national movements for climate action, gun-law reform and other causes led by young people.

A group of supervisors backing the idea introduced a proposed amendment to the City Charter on behalf of the San Francisco Youth Commission that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local contests, a move that would give youth more agency over decisions that impact their lives.

“It seems borderline-unconstitutional to be disenfranchising such a large group of young people who are representative of the needs of a large majority of San Franciscans that are currently just being unheard on a legislative level,” said Youth Commissioner Arianna Nassiri.

If approved by voters in November, the measure would make San Francisco the largest city in the United States to expand suffrage to 16-year-olds. It’s previously been done in three smaller cities in Maryland: Takoma Park, Hyattsville and Greenbelt.

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