From The Sacramento Bee
“Lowering the voting age will give a voice to young people and provide a tool to hold politicians accountable to the issues they care about,” Low said in a statement. “Young people are our future, and when we ignore that we do so at our own peril.”
Low cited data from the UC Davis Center for Regional Change’s California Civic Engagement Project, which found just under 31 percent of California’s eligible voters turned out in the November 2014 midterm elections, with youth voter — 18 to 24 — turnout being the lowest at 8.2 percent, or 285,000 of the 3.5 million eligible youth voters.
Turnout improved significantly in November’s midterm election, when 64.5 percent of eligible California voters cast ballots. It was California’s highest turnout in a non-presidential election since 1982, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
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