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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Wednesday, March 10, 2004

    Giving kids a piece of the action 

    Millions of California's teenagers would become the nation's first to vote under a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by a 71-year-old state senator.

    Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, proposed the idea alongside three other lawmakers, saying the Internet, cellular phones, multichannel television and a diverse society makes today's teens better informed than generations of their predecessors.

    Vasconcellos would give 16-year-olds a half vote and 14-year-old a quarter vote in state elections beginning in 2006.

    The idea, formally called Training Wheels for Citizenship,' first requires two-thirds approval by the Legislature to appear on this November's ballot.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 11:18 AM



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