San Francisco measure will allow 16 year olds to vote in local elections if it passes

This November, San Francisco voters will cast ballots on whether 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote in local elections.

A similar measure proposed 4 years ago narrowly failed after receiving 48% of the vote.

Many activists believe this time, the measure will pass.

Crystal Chan, an 18-year old organizer for Vote 16 SF said “I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older.”

According to one of Vote 16’s key advocates, part of the purpose for the proposition is to try to create habits for 16 and 17 year olds for voting they hope will carry through throughout adult life.

Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager, told NBC News “Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit. And 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit.”

He added “Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for, and then to continue participating throughout their lives which is good for democracy on every level.”

Last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16” to “capture kids when they’re in high school.”