A Major bill may be passed in California. According to this bill, the 17-year-olds will get the voting rights in the primary election, an election that precedes the general election. However, they will only get the opportunity to vote in the primary election if they turn 18 before the general election.
Whether or not the 17 years old should be allowed to vote is a debate that has been going on in California for more than a decade now. While some people say that they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, some people feel that they are mature enough to contribute to the decisions of the nation.
The bill was introduced in the legislature by Kevin Mullin. It was his father who first came up with a bill to let the 17-year-old vote in 2004. Now, Kevin is just doing the same thing. And this time, it seems very likely that 17-year-olds will be able to exercise their voting power in the primary elections.
Kevin said that “This is the sixth attempt and the third time I’ve introduced the bill,” “But this is the first time it ever got as far as the Senate floor.”
Accident to him, primary and general elections shouldn’t be seen as separate things but rather a part of the same cycle. In the past, it is Republicans who have blocked the voting of 17-year-olds. Kevin said that
“The issue has always been framed in a partisan context, with Republicans arguing that we’re trying to build more Democrats earlier,” “But today most young people don’t register Democrat or Republican — they register as no party preference.”
It is a constitutional amendment so it would require the acceptance of general voters in November. Till then, stay tuned with us for more such latest news.