Proposition 18: Voting Rights for 17-Year-Olds
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Yes votes: 7,513,957 (44.0%)
No votes: 9,577,238 (56.0%)
Proposition 18 would allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old by the date of the next general election to vote in any special election or primary election that occurs before the next general election. As current state law allows registered voters to run for elected office, this measure would result in 17-year-olds who turn 18 by the next general election to do so as well, provided they meet the qualifications for all citizens who run for office in the state.
Supporters of Proposition 18 say that the measure would allow 17-18 year-olds to participate in a full election cycle, and will increase the number of young people who vote.
Opponents of Proposition 18 claim that most 17-year-olds still live at home with their parents and need more life experience before they are ready to vote. They say that 17-year-olds may be susceptible to influence from parents and teachers to vote in a certain way.
|Californians Association For Student Councils
|Election Integrity Project California, Inc.