CALIFORNIA, USA — Update
A ballot measure amending the constitution to allow a 17-year-old to vote in a primary election as long as they will turn 18 by the general election did not pass.
Over 55% of voters said no to allowing 17 year olds to vote. Supporters argued these younger voters deserve a chance to decide who’ll be on that November ballot.
This proposition is about letting 17-year-olds vote and it was not as sweeping as it sounds. Prop 18 would make a very specific change to the voting rights for 17-year-old citizens that only affects primary elections.
The way it works in California now is that you must be 18-years-old to vote in any election. The state legislature was asking you to pass Prop 18 to change that.
Here are the results for Prop 18 as they come in:
If passed, it will allow voting for 17-year-olds in a primary or special election as long as they will turn 18 years old by the proceeding general election.
A third of the states allow those who are 17 but will be 18 by the general election to vote in primaries.
Supporters argue these younger voters deserve a chance to decide who’ll be on that November ballot.
Opponents argue we have to draw a line somewhere and 18 is plenty young enough.
Find more background about this proposition as well as opinions from both sides on the California Voter Guide or on your local voter guide.
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What does a YES vote on Prop 18 mean?
A yes vote opens up voting for 17-year-olds in a primary or special election as long as they will turn 18-years-old by the general election.
What does a NO vote on Prop 18 mean?
A no vote keeps California’s voting age at a firm 18.
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