San Francisco Progressives Push For Lowering Minimum Voter Age To 16

CBS San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — They can drive, they can work, and now a group of San Francisco city officials, including two supervisors want 16-and 17-year-olds to be eligible to vote.

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will introduce a measure—the first of its kind in a major U.S. city on Tuesday to do just that.

Avalos, Supervisor Eric Mar and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill lifelong voting habits.

While two small cities in Maryland already have such voting laws where the teen turnout is four times of that of adults, the measure here should make interesting fodder for talk shows and web blogs because this is San Francisco after all.

But in order to pass, the Board of Supervisors would have to…

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