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California Ballot Propositions

Proposition 18: Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment

Prop18

Proposition 18 would allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primary elections and special elections

  • The California Constitution currently permits individuals who are at least 18 years old on the date of an election to vote in that election
  • Amends constitution to permit 17-year-olds who will be at least 18 years old and otherwise eligible to vote at the time of the next general election to vote in any primary or special election that occurs before the next general election

Text of Initiative

Support

 "Young people whose birthdays fall between the primary [and] general election are currently at a disadvantage to those who are permitted to vote in the primaries. Without full exposure to the election process they are unable to submit their most educated vote in the general election. Assembly Constitutional Amendment [four] would ensure that a greater number of citizens voting in the general election have the resources and experience they need to provide the vote that best matches their own values." 

-The California Association of Student Councils

Opposition

"17-year-olds are legal minors. Under that definition, they are still considered children. They are almost all still living at home and under the strong influence of their parents. This is not conducive to independent thought and voting without undue pressure from their immediate superiors... 17-year-olds will almost always still be in high school, and under the strong influence of their teachers. This again makes it less likely that they would be expressing their own, independently thought-out choices were they to be allowed to vote."

-The Election Integrity Project California

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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