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Teen Voters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some California lawmakers say teen-agers should get a vote.

They have proposed an amendment to California's constitution that would give 16-year-olds half a vote and 14-year-olds a quarter-vote in state elections.

One lawmaker who backs the amendment says today's teens are better informed than their predecessors, thanks to the Internet, cell phones and all those television channels.

Student supporters say it could give them a say in issues such as education funding.

But a Republican assemblyman calls it "the nuttiest idea" he's ever heard. Ray Haynes says there's a reason why 16 and 14-year-olds don't vote, because they're not mature enough.


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