These teens won the right to vote. Their county disenfranchised them.

These Teens Won The Right To Vote. Their County Disenfranchised Them. - Nocan666633Pq6V4Oqrhuvocsa

High school activists in California fought hard to lower the voter age only to be ignored.

Updated November 30, 2022 at 9:39 p.m. EST|Published November 30, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EST

Ixchel Arista, pictured high-fiving classmates in October, fought with other teen activists to lower the voting age in Oakland, Calif. But Alameda County, which runs the city’s election, never implemented the measures. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)Comment on this story


OAKLAND, Calif. — If all had gone as planned, thousands of high-schoolers in Oakland would have cast their ballots for the first time on Election Day. Many of them had worked since their freshman year to lower the voting age to 16 for school board races, arguing that no one had a higher stake in who led their district. And they won, convincing a supermajority of the electorate in 2020 to expand voting rights to younger teens.

But Alameda County, which runs the city’s elections, never implemented the measure. It also failed to…

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