Posted by 24 August 2020
In California, voters will decide whether some 17-year-olds will be able to vote in primary and special elections.
Under Proposition 18, 17-year-old Californians who will be 18 at the time of the next general election can register and vote in special elections and primaries.Voters will be asked to approve the proposed constitutional amendment during this year’s election, which will go into effect for the next election cycle.
Backers of this amendment argue that this allows greater participation for young voters in elections. They note that primary and special elections are part of the election cycle, so if someone will be 18-years-old for the general election, it makes sense to allow them to participate in these other elections. Opponents, however, counter that people who are legally minors should not be participating in the election process.
California legislators voted to place Proposition 18 on the ballot during their legislative session this year. It was overwhelmingly supported by Democratic legislators but nearly all Republicans voted against it.
Eighteen other states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections as long at they will be 18-years-old by the time of the general election.
Do you think that 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the general election should be able to vote in primaries and special elections?