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Title: 16-Year-Olds May Soon Be Allowed To Vote in this Major US City
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Published: Sep 13, 2020
Author: Jack Davis
Post Date: 2020-09-13 21:31:21 by BTP Holdings
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16-Year-Olds May Soon Be Allowed To Vote in this Major US City

A young woman prepares to vote in the stock image above. (vesperstock / Shutterstock)

By Jack Davis

Published September 13, 2020 at 10:44am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home turf will decide this fall whether it will allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections.

San Francisco residents rejected a similar measure in 2016, but organizers of the initiative are hoping for success this time around.

“I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older,” 18- year-old Crystal Chan, who is part of Vote 16 SF, which pushed for the measure to be on November’s ballot, told NBC News.

If the measure passes, San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections.

Voting at 16 is supported by Pelosi, who represents the city.

“I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government, to be able to vote,” she said in 2019.

One of Vote 16’s leaders said the sooner people begin voting, the better it is for democracy.

“Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit. And 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit,” Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager, told NBC.

“Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for, and then to continue participating throughout their lives which is good for democracy on every level,” he said.

But Republican activist Nate Hochman, a college senior, said too few 16-year-olds understand “exactly what good governance looks like.”

“Sixteen-year-olds — they’re sophomores, juniors in high school like they’re deeply impressionable. They’re largely interested in learning what, you know, their friends are doing and appearing to be cool,” said Hochman, who attends Colorado College.

“And they’re not capable of making completely rational decisions about voting,” he told NBC.

Klugman, however, said that teens should have a voice in decisions that affect them.

“We’ve seen the concrete effects that local policy decisions make on the lives of young people really more clearly than ever as school boards and local officials figure out how they’re gonna reopen schools … how they’re going to make sure that young people have access to remote learning and the achievement gap doesn’t widen,” he said.

Many on Twitter said they think lowering the voting age would be a mistake:

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16 is way too young to vote. They need life experience. At 16 many of them have zits because their hormones are just starting up.

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#1. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

16 is way too young to vote. They need life experience.

At that age many will feel socially pressured to vote for the "cool" candidate.

Pinguinite  posted on  2020-09-13   21:41:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Pinguinite (#1)

That's exactly why this is happening -- they want to exploit media- generated peer pressure.


USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2020-09-14   0:34:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Pinguinite (#1)

Thirty-five years ago in South Carolina a 16 year old could drive a government school bus. When the legislature raised the minimum age, it was big news -- eliminating opportunity for young folks to work, earn money, learn responsibility, etc.

An older black guy at work, who had been a bus driver at 16, agreed that 16 was too young to be driving a bus. "For young folks, ya know, they's a lot a peer pressure. Other kids on the bus tellin' him how to drive and darin' him to do stuff and such..."

I meet few 21-85 year olds who ought to be voting. Have rarely met a 16 year old that should be voting.

StraitGate  posted on  2020-09-14   0:51:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

This is about crippling the election process to turn the country socialist. I don't want minors, felons or illegal aliens voting in my country.

"Call Me Ishmael" -Ishmael, A character from the book "Moby Dick" 1851. "Call Me Fishmeal" -Osama Bin Laden, A character created by the CIA, and the world's Hide And Seek Champion 2001-2011. -Tommythemadartist

TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2020-09-14   7:56:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#4)

This is about crippling the election process to turn the country socialist. I don't want minors, felons or illegal aliens voting in my country.

(A). It's no longer your country.

(B). Would you consider adding women to the list of people that shouldn't be allowed to vote ?

(C). Giving kids the voting right at 16 soon the drinking age would be reduced to 12 and everyone over 30 gunned down by firing squads.

(D). The election process is crippled already and may breathe its last breath in November. (But I predict there will be plenty of fireworks).

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. "

Mass Mask Burning similar to Draft Card Burning needs to start now !


noone222  posted on  2020-09-14   8:03:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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