San Francisco residents will vote in November to determine if 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in local elections, NBC News reported Saturday.
“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,” said 18-year-old Vote 16 SF organizer Crystal Chan.
If the proposition is passed in November, San Francisco will be the first major U.S. city to give the age group the right to vote in local elections, according to the NBC report.
Vote 16 SF’s website said teens have a “stake in the game” and demanded local officials “treat them as equal constituents.”
The site continued:
Sixteen- and 17-year-olds are affected by local political issues as much as anyone. They