By Jeremy B. White
They can’t purchase alcohol or cigarettes, enlist in the military or gamble. But in California, 16-year-olds could gain the right to vote.
A bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections – the very races, proponents argue, in which Californians under 18 have the most at stake. They still wouldn’t be able to sway congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next president.