Millennial turnout was fairly poor in the 2016 election, especially in comparison to the 2008 election when young people felt inspired by the candidacies of Barack Obama on the left and Ron Paul on the right.
Given that fewer millennials are coming out to vote, California has a new idea of ensuring more young people turnout by decreasing the voting age.
ABC News reported on Sunday that California lawmakers hope the Golden State becomes the first in the nation to drop the voting age to just 17-years old. To pass the amendment to the state’s constitution, they would need to pass it through the legislature with a super majority two-thirds vote and then have it approved by voters.
Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) pointed to other countries including the U.K. and South Korea that have lowered the voting age.
Republicans in the State Senate have criticized Low as just trying to get more millennials to the polls to help the Democratic Party.
“Every poll that I’ve seen says that young people tend toward voting for Democrats, so I believe that it’s self-serving,” said Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego). “It can’t just be about gaming elections for your own support.”
California isn’t the only state however that supports some expansion of voting rights to 17-year olds. Iowa and Minnesota have proposed a law allowing 17-year olds to vote in primaries so long as they turn 18 by election day.