For some reason (and we just can’t possibly imagine what that reason could be), progressives are on a big kick to lower the American voting age. None other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested that 16-year-olds be allowed to vote, and she’s hardly alone among Democrats who want kids out there making decisions about the direction of the nation. Whether it’s illegal aliens, convicted felons, or children, you can always count on Democrats to find amazing and inventive ways to expand the voting populace. If they can ever manage to teach dogs to vote Democrat, we’re sure that’ll be the next big push.
Until then, we have good ol’ California, which is getting ready to vote on Prop 18, a state constitutional amendment that would allow some 17-year-olds to vote. The deal is this: If you are scheduled to turn 18 before the general election, you would be able to vote in that year’s primaries and special elections. Granted, there is a certain amount of logic to this specific proposition, and we’ve seen similar laws passed in places like Kentucky and Mississippi. Still, when a state like California gets involved, you can bet your bottom dollar that the stated goal is just a stepping stone to what they really want.
“They’re sitting in a high-school classroom, so there’s an opportunity there for these kids to learn about the mechanics of voting, to learn about the importance of elections in general and the importance of democracy,” argued Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, one of the co-authors of the proposal.
The state GOP, meanwhile, says that it makes no sense to have teenagers voting on things that don’t even apply to them.
“High school seniors would be voting for important tax measures only adults would pay,” the Republicans noted.
In addition to the statewide Prop 18, San Francisco voters will also have to consider whether or not to lower the voting age to 16 for local elections.
“Strong civics education and a lower voting age would mutually reinforce each other to increase civic engagement,” argues the Vote 16 San Francisco website. “A lower voting age would make civics education more effective as providing students a way to directly apply what they’re learning in the classroom in their communities would add a crucial level of relevance to civics courses. It would also encourage more schools to implement higher quality civics education programs given its immediate implications on students lives.”
Honestly, the more we think about the kinds of politicians Californians vote for, what harm could it do to lower the voting age? Hell, let babies vote. They literally couldn’t do worse.