Teens and Voting: Does it matter? - December 9, 2004

SB 1606 (Vasconcellos) would have allowed a person who is 14 years of age or older at the time of the next election to register and vote. The vote of a person 14 or 15 years of age would count as 1/4 of a vote, and the vote of a person 16 or 17 would count as 1/2 of a vote. However, statistics indicate that young people between the ages of 18-24 by-in-large do not vote. If young people who are currently eligible to vote choose not to, would a bill enabling 14–17-year-olds be necessary? This meeting will examine the pros and cons of SB 1606, along with the number of young people who voted in the November 2004 election with the intention of giving participants the opportunity to discuss why young people do or do not involve themselves in one of America’s most fundamental civic duties.