This soon-to-be 18-year-old will be eligible to vote in the November general election, but has no say in who the Democratic nominee will be. Now she’s fighting to change the law.
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In US news and current events today, meet Ella Yitzhaki, a senior at a California high school and who is advocating to lower the voting age to 17. She is passionate about politics and can list every democratic candidates stance on a myriad of issues. But as Yitzhaki looks to the 2020 presidential election, she is frustrated as she is will be 17 when the primary vote for president happens and 18 when the general election occurs. Yitzhaki argues that she should be able to vote in the primary if she'll be allowed to vote in the general election.
The bill ACA-4 would authorize a United States citizen who is 17 years of age, is a resident of the state, and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to vote in any intervening primary or special election that occurs before the next general election. The bill has already passed in the house in August and is up for a vote in the Senate in February 2020.
Studies have shown that the earlier someone starts voting, the more likely it is that voting will be a lifelong habit for them.
If ACA 4 passes in the CA state senate this year, it will be on the November 2020 ballot for voters.
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island also have bills pending to lower the voting age 17 in the primaries.
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