Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Voting Age in California

Couple of Californian Democratic legislators want to lower that state's voting age to 14. Interesting idea, although their proposal of 14-15 year-olds having quarter and 16-17 year-olds half a vote is flawed, unprincipled and would only lead to Florida-like complications.

Needless to say, the motive for this proposal looks strictly political. It would have effect only in those voting groups with large numbers of teen children, and in California those happen to be Hispanics. Furthermore, teenagers who are politically active tend to be radical and often very far to the left.

I don't think anything would come out of this. If it does, it may fuel another reform I had blogged about before - giving parents proxy votes for their children.


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