June 29, 1994 |
This fall's elections will see 7.8 million more U.S. residents of voting age than in the last midterm contests in 1990. The Census Bureau estimates that 193,650,000 U.S. residents will be 18 or older this November, 4.1 million more than in 1992 and 7.8 million more than in 1990. Not everyone who is old enough to vote does so. Some are not eligible because they are not U.S. citizens or are convicted felons. In 1990, 33.1% of those who were eligible voted.
September 26, 2011 |
There are two conversations going on inside the L.A. County Hall of Administration about the delicate matter of redrawing maps for the supervisorial districts. Both will come to a head Tuesday, but only one will be publicly acknowledged. The surface conversation concerns the rising demographic significance of Latinos and the vague but consequential question of what constitutes "polarized voting. " One faction, led by Supervisor Gloria Molina, favors creating a second district that would include a majority of voting-age Latino citizens.
July 1, 2013 |
Monday marks the 42nd anniversary of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which says: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age.” As President Obama noted on its 40th anniversary, “once proposed in Congress in 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified in the shortest time span of any constitutional amendment in...
March 14, 2004
Re "Giving New Meaning to 'Youth Vote,' " March 9: In 1971, 18-year-olds won the right to vote. They felt that if they were able to die for their country, they should be able to choose who was sending them. In a sense, that is what we as teenagers are asking. We are asking to choose who will affect our lives financially. We may not be old enough to fight the war going on now, but the decisions being made by our government will not only affect our generation but our generation's children, and we should have some influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1986
"Two-thirds of American high-school juniors surveyed recently did not know that the Civil War was fought sometime between 1850 and 1900. One-third could not point to Great Britain, West Germany or France on a map. And one-half had never heard the names Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. . . ." "Remember, these are 17-year-olds--one year short of voting age." Thanks to these quotes from the article by Secretary Bennett, after all these years, we finally know why Ronald Reagan got elected.
March 4, 1988
Brazil's Constituent Assembly has voted to lower the voting age to 16. The action of the assembly, which is drafting a new constitution, would add about 10 million voters to the nation's electoral roll if the new constitution is ratified. The plan was approved by the assembly, 355 to 98. At present, voting is compulsory for all Brazilians 18 and over. Under the new constitutional provision, voting for those between the ages of 16 and 18 would be a right but not a legal obligation.