News in Brief
L.A. School Board to Study Lowering Voting Age to 16 in District Elections
Taking on an issue with potentially broad implications for the power dynamic in the nation's second-largest district, the Los Angeles school board voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution directing the superintendent to report on the feasibility—including costs—of a 2020 ballot measure that would lower the voting age to 16 in school district elections.
An estimated additional 60,500 residents would be eligible to vote if such a ballot measure passed.
The board action is preliminary. Los Angeles city officials would have to put a measure on the ballot for voters in the district to approve. But the school board's buy-in is an important first step.
Berkeley, Calif., voters in 2016 approved lowering the voting age to 16 for school board elections, though San Francisco voters narrowly rejected a measure to expand voting rights for 16- and 17-year-olds for school board and community college elections and local candidates and ballot measures.
Opponents had similar concerns to those expressed by some on the Los Angeles board: Teenagers may lack life experience or knowledge to make informed decisions. –TNS
Vol. 38, Issue 31, Page 5Published in Print: May 1, 2019, as L.A. School Board to Study Lowering Voting Age to 16 in District Elections