CALIFORNIA – Of the 12 statewide propositions now being decided by California voters, Proposition 18 may be the simplest.
Prop 18 says 17-year-olds can vote in primary and special elections if they turn 18 before the general election.
So, let’s use this year's calendar as an example. The primary election was on March 3.
Someone who didn't turn 18 until June 23, could not vote in the primary. But they can vote in the general election on Nov. 3.
Prop 18, if passed, would let that 17-year-old to vote on March 3, in order to have a say in the general election ballot.
Proponents say it would give a boost to youth civic engagement and help create more lifelong participants in the democratic process.
Opponents say the law is 18 for a reason. The logic and reasoning area of younger brains are not fully developed, and those abilities are vital to responsible voting.
So, a yes on Prop 18 gives 17-year-olds the chance to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the general election. A no on Prop 18 says "keep it the way it is."