San Francisco has decided to include a proposition on the ballot in the November election to lower the voting age to sixteen.
Residents of San Francisco have a very important decision to make in November: will they allow teenagers, many of which have never held a job, paid taxes, or even truly participated in society, to vote in local elections?
As usual, the left makes everything about race. Crystal Chan, the 18 year old organizer of ‘Vote 16 SF’, spoke about the proposition: “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.”
If the proposition passes, San Francisco will become the first major city in the United States to allow people under 18 to vote.
“Vote 16 SF”
‘Vote 16 SF’ has written on their website that teens have a “stake in the game”, demanding that local officials “treat them as equal constituents.”
The site goes further, giving their explanation as to why 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote:
“Sixteen- and 17-year-olds are affected by local political issues as much as anyone. They also work without limits on hours, and pay taxes on their income, can drive, and in some cases are tried in adult courts. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds deserve the right to vote on issues that affect them on the local level. Further, voting is the most reliable way for ordinary citizens to influence the government. Lowering the voting age would make sure local politicians to listen to sixteen- and 17-year-olds and address their needs.”
The site goes on to try to explain that lowering the voting age would give students the opportunity to “directly apply what they’re learning in the classroom in their communities [and] would add a crucial level of relevance to civics courses.”
Nate Hochman, a Republican activist and Colorado College senior, has explained that he does not support the proposition, because 16 and 17 year olds may not be able to understand good governance.
“Sixteen-year-olds — they’re sophomores, juniors in high school like they’re deeply impressionable. They’re largely interested in learning what, you know, their friends are doing and appearing to be cool… And they’re not capable of making completely rational decisions about voting. When are you an adult? When do we trust you to make your own decisions about who you are in the world and making your own way?” Hochman said.
Democrats Support Lowering the Voting Age Nationally
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her support for lowering the voting age to 16 in March of 2019 when she defended the “For the People Act”.
“I think it’s really important to capture kids when they are in high school when they are interested in all of this, when they are learning about government, to be able to vote,” Pelosi said.
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris also came out last year and said that she was “really interested in having that conversation” about letting 16 year olds vote, forgetting about statements she made in 2015 calling young people “stupid”.
Ryan James Girdusky, a journalist, shared the video of her statement on Twitter:
“What do we know about 18 to 24 year olds? They are really stupid… they make really bad decisions.” – Kamala Harris
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) August 12, 2020
Republicans denounced the “For the People Act”, which they said would enable voter fraud, and lean more favorably toward Democrats. Are the Democrats so nervous about their chances in future elections that they think giving the vote to young people is their only chance of staying relevant? Maybe they are hoping that “stupid” kids will vote Democrat.