WHEREAS 17-year-old California residents who will be 18 by the time of a general election cannot vote in the primary election associated with that election; and
WHEREAS disenfranchising those who cast a vote in a general election the opportunity of casting a vote in a primary election unfairly prevents the opportunity of voters to decide which candidates will appear in the upcoming general elections; and
WHEREAS 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before a general election can vote in primaries and caucuses in a large number of states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and in the primaries held in the District of Columbia;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the advancement of voting rights in California primary elections to 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the general election following the associated primary; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be communicated to the Governor, the Secretary of State, the Senate President Pro Tempore, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and all Democratic state legislators.
Author: Zachary Denney, AD13
Sponsored by San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee