They can't celebrate with champagne, but the Youth Commission enjoyed a victory on Tuesday when the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a measure for the November ballot that would lower the city's voting age
to 16. The commission, which heavily promoted the measure, has argued that a lower voting age will increase
voter engagement. We'll discuss similar legislation that has passed in other cities and explore what voting at 16
would mean for elections and politics.
Related Content and Resources:
- Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16? (KQED's The Lowdown)
- Forum on the Road: Young Voters Speak Out
- Letters to the President 2.0
Jillian Wu, vice chair, San Francisco Youth Commission; senior at Lick Wilmerding High School
Oliver Sanghvi York, junior, Lick Wilmerding High School; co-founder of Vote16 San Francisco and national campaigns
Mindy Romero, director, California Civic Engagement Project
Mark Smith, constitutional lawyer; author, "The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"