AAP-CA Supports Prop 18 Allowing 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary if 18 by Next General Election (Nov 2020)

Proposition 18 would authorize a United States citizen who is 17 years of age who  will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to vote in any primary or special election that occurs before the next general election.

There is a positive correlation between youth voting and lifelong health and well-being. Voting has been found to be predictive of increased personal and household incomes, higher levels of education, optimism, life satisfaction, and healthy personal habits like exercise.

Youth turnout in the 2018 election increased more than any other group, yet the group still lags behind other age groups in registration and participation. Allowing 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the next general election to participate in primary voting will allow them to take part in the full election cycle so they can provide a vote that best matches their own values. A greater sense of self-determination will increase participation.

The challenges the nation faces today will impact our youth disproportionately. The AAP-CA supports civic engagement from citizens of all ages and parties.