Democrats have a new plan to win back the majority in government: let 17-year-olds vote.
According to The Washington Times, Democratic legislators in California have introduced bill ACA 10 which would lower the voting age from 18 to 17 in the Golden State.
“Young people are our future,” said the bill’s sponsor, California Assembly member Evan Low. “Lowering the voting age will help give them a voice in the democratic process and instill a lifelong habit of voting.”
Because what a difference a year makes?
But others, including Claremont McKenna College professor John J. Pitney Jr., see this as nothing but “a transparent ploy to pad the Democratic vote.”
Stepping up to the plate, batting lefty, and taking a billion dollar swing is George Soros, whose Open Society Foundation is putting the bucks behind advocacy groups like FairVote which supports lower voting ages.
In 21 states, The Times notes, 17-year-olds can already participate in some primary and caucus elections thanks to changes to state laws and party rules. But interestingly, in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Wyoming, those kids can participate only in Democratic elections, not ones for Republicans.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is all for lowering the age to 17. She’s fine with 16, too. In 2015, Pelosi addressed the Center for American Progress: “I’m for – and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts, and I know you’ll let me know – for lowering the voting age to high school age, whether it’s 16 or 17 or, because when kids are in school they’re so interested, they’re so engaged, and we would like them to be ready at least to register before they leave.”
TruthRevolt editor-in-chief Mark Tapson responded:
Perhaps things were different when Nancy Pelosi was a teenager, but high school kids today, with some exceptions, have little awareness of civics and the political process beyond hashtag slogans and the fact that Barack Obama hangs with Jay-Z and Beyonce.
The voting age has already been lowered previously from 21 to 18, largely as an acknowledgement that teens we were sending off to war should be granted the right to have their political say. But a 16-year-old is at a whole other level of immaturity and inexperience about him- or herself, people in general, and how the world works and how to make sense of it.
Still, there are other liberals who want the age lowered more — even to 14, as Jillian Keenan argued in The Daily Beast: “If the government wants to treat teenagers as mature adults who should be held responsible for their crimes on sentencing day, it’s hypocritical and logically inconsistent to treat them as brainless children on Election Day.”
Besides being huge fans of voter fraud, Democrats love indoctrinating kids. Remember when kindergartners were forced to sing worship songs to Barack Obama? It’s time to get that pre-school vote!