Friday, September 30, 2016

SF and Berkeley Ballot Measures Would Expand Voting to Undocumented and Young People

In Berkeley and San Francisco there are ballot measures to expand voting in local elections to young people, at least 16 years old, and San Francisco’s immigrant parents, regardless of whether they are US citizens. In Berkeley, the measure would allow young people to vote in school district elections. In San Francisco, young people at least 16 years old could vote in all local elections. Immigrant parents of school children could vote for San Francisco Unified School District and Community College Board of Trustees. The measures are symbolic of the Bay Area’s liberal leanings, but according to the City of San Francisco Controller’s Office, would do little to affect local election outcomes. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik reports.