Mullin’s 17-Year Old Primary Vote Measure – ACA 4 Heads to the Ballot

Friday, June 26, 2020

17 year-olds who turn 18 by the General Election would be allowed to vote in Primary Election

Sacramento – ACA 4 a measure authored by Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin is headed to the November ballot. It only allows 17 year-olds who will be 18 by the general election to vote in the corresponding primary.

“Young people are directly affected by issues like employment initiatives, affordable housing and education funding,” Mullin stated. They have what I would call “skin in the game” on these and other issues and I believe we should be looking for ways to amplify their voices. ACA 4 does just that.”

Mullin introduced similar legislation earlier in his tenure, as did his father Gene Mullin, a former high school civics teacher, when he served in the Assembly. Since most young people have their first contact with politics in high school civics or government class, it’s a perfect time to engage them in the political process by allowing them to vote in the primary.  ACA 4 would place on the ballot a proposed California Constitutional Amendment, which if approved by the voters, would allow 17 year-olds, who will be 18 by the next general election, to vote in that primary election.

Assemblymember Evan Low has joined Mullin as a joint author of the bill. "It is far past due for California to join the 18 other states that already allow many 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections," said Assemblymember Evan Low. "This bill will help reinvigorate teen civic participation in our electoral process."

“By now, most people know that I’m someone who is a strong supporter of civic engagement,” Mullin stated. “This bill is about getting more Californians involved in the political process regardless of their party affiliation. It’s not a partisan issue; it’s a civic engagement issue.  It’s time that California joined the 18 other states who are ahead of us on this issue.”