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Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed to Vote?

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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.

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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"


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