02/14/2013 03:25 pm ET

17-Year-Old Voters? California Assemblymember Kevin Mullin Introduces Youth Voter Amendment

In a continuation of his father's efforts to expand voting access, California State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has introduced ACA 7, a California Constitutional amendment to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by the next general election. The bill is identical to legislation introduced by his father, Assemblymember Gene Mullin, that wasn’t able to meet the 2/3rds voting requirement on the floor of the Assembly.

“The goal of this legislation is to increase voter participation,” Said Assemblymember Mullin. “Most young people’s first contact with politics is in their mandatory high school civics class; this is the perfect time to get them engaged and give them some ownership in the process by getting them to vote in primaries.”

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