It's generally accepted that in the United States, a citizen can be elected president at 35, run for Senate at 30 or Congress at 25, drink legally at 21, and cast a vote in a national election at 18. But a group of youth activists and politicians in California want to change that last part.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On Tuesday, more than 60 young activists from across the state rallied at the State Capitol in an effort to convince legislators to lower the voting age to 17. Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and co-authors of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 joined them ahead of a key Assembly Appropriations Committee vote.
High schoolers this decade have stormed out of their classrooms after the 2016 election, demanding protection for immigrants. They have called for gun control in the wake of school shootings, spurring a nationwide movement. In L.A. this year, students picketed with their teachers in the largest teachers strike in recent history.