California may join other states in OKing 17-year-old voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may join many other states in allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections, if they will turn 18 before the following general election.

The Assembly approved the proposed constitutional amendment on Thursday.

If two-thirds of senators agree, the measure would to go to voters for their consideration in California’s March primary election.

It would not affect next year’s elections.

The measure passed, 57-13, over objections from Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher that it’s a ploy to lure more Democratic-leaning voters.

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin says it’s already been adopted in many states that lean Republican. He says the goal is to encourage a habit of life-long voting.

Other states include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.

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The measure is ACA4

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