Want to Save Democracy? Reduce the Voting Age

This piece published by Common Dreams argues that a lower voting age and stronger civics education can strengthen democracy in America.

Oakland Students Won the Right to Vote in School Board Elections

Teen Vogue chronicles work to lower the voting age in Oakland.

Oakland’s Measure QQ and the Future of Our Democracy

This KQED piece looks at the story of Measure QQ in Oakland, featuring interviews with many of the organizers leading the effort.

Youth vote advocates already looking toward the next election

The San Francisco Examiner talks with youth activists following the narrow defeat of Prop G.


Vote16 is on the ballot in 2020. Keep an eye on these five elections: San Francisco, Proposition G Prop G in San Francisco would lower the voting age to 16 for all local elections in the city. The measure was placed on the ballot after extensive advocacy from young...

More cities consider letting 16-year-olds vote in local elections

The Washington Post reports on the latest action in the Vote16 movement.

Voting at a Younger Age Can Fortify Our Democracy

Vote16 youth leader Arianna argues for lowering the voting age in this op-ed.

Learning by Voting: Students Want the Right to Make a Difference in Real Life

This in-depth feature story looks at campaigns to lower the voting age and other work to elevate youth voice in local government decision making.

Young people deserve a say in our future

Read this op-ed from youth organizer Jackie, published in the San Francisco Examiner.

California student activists push to lower voting age to advocate for change

EdSource covers youth-led work to lower the voting age in California cities.

10 ideas that just might save democracy

10 democracy wishlist ideas from 10 different people–as compiled by the Philly Inquirer. Among the ideas– lowering the voting age to 16 and automatic voter registration, written by two high school students!

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16 TO VOTE by YR Media

“The decisions that our elected officials and the important adults in our world make today will affect my generation’s future for the rest of our lives.”

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I believe that voting should be the centerpiece of civic education.

Oliver York

16, San Francisco

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