L.A. Students Want to Lower Voting Age in School District Elections to 16

Students rally outside LAUSD headquarters in support of lowering the voting age to 16 for district elections. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Students rally outside LAUSD headquarters in support of lowering the voting age to 16 for district elections. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

High schoolers this decade have stormed out of their classrooms after the 2016 election, demanding protection for immigrants. They have called for gun control in the wake of school shootings, spurring a nationwide movement.

In L.A. this year, students picketed with their teachers in the largest teachers strike in recent history. Pockets of students throughout the city are constantly involved in advocacy for better learning conditions.

Now they want more than a voice — they want a vote.

Taking on an issue with potentially broad implications for the power dynamic in the nation’s second-largest school system, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution directing the superintendent to report on the feasibility — including costs — of a 2020 ballot measure that would lower the voting age to 16 in school district elections. The resolution was authored by Tyler Okeke, 17, the non-voting student representative.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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