San Francisco ANd Oakland Considering Lowering The Voting Age


San Francisco and Oakland are considering proposals to lower the voting age to 16 for certain municipal ballot issues. KPIX reports that Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan penned the Oakland Youth Vote measure, which would make Oakland the fifth city in the country to allow youth aged 16 and up to vote. Across the bay in San Francisco, a proposed charter amendment would also give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in city elections. Berkeley already passed a similar measure in 2016. The youth vote is gaining ground in the state as well. Two Assembly bills were introduced last year to lower the voting age to 17 through constitutional amendments. The state Senate still needs to approve the bills.