Voting Age Could Be Lowered in Major American City

Teenagers barely old enough to drive may soon be allowed to vote in San Francisco's local elections.

Vote 16 SF is a drive to get more people involved in their local government and get in the habit of voting.

A similar measure was on the ballot in 2016 and almost passed, getting 48% of the vote.

If it passes, San Francisco would become the first major American city to give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in municipal elections.

Brandon Klugman, Vote 16 SF's campaign manager spoke to NBC News:

"Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they're eligible for and then to continue participating throughout their lives, which is good for democracy on every level."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, says she supports the idea.

Skeptics say 16-year-olds aren't mature enough to cast ballots.

City voters will decide the issue in November.

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