George Soros is investing hundreds of thousands in a ploy to decrease the voting age from 18 to 16 throughout the United States as determined Democrats urgently search out new demographics prepared to vote for them.
Disregarding the very fact it has been unlawful for minors to vote all through the whole lot of U.S. historical past, Soros and his cronies are arguing that 16-year-olds are “intellectually able to vote” and have invested hundreds of thousands into “convincing” lawmakers throughout the land to put in writing new payments into legislation.
The information comes as Democrats battle to cope with new “catastrophe ballot” scores, as a brand new YouGov/Sussex University ballot reveals President Trump has the next approval score than the Democrat Party, the mainstream media, and a a lot greater score than his election foe Hillary Clinton.
Now Democrats have determined they should faucet into a brand new market to spice up their election possibilities sooner or later. Encouraging unlawful immigrants to vote didn’t enhance Democrat numbers sufficient within the final election. Now Democrats, with the help of George Soros, are going after youngsters.
In California, Democratic legislators launched this week a landmark invoice, ACA 10, that might give the Golden State the nation’s youngest statewide voting age by decreasing the edge beneath 18 – supposedly within the identify of reversing the slide in voter turnout.
“Young persons are our future,” stated Democratic Assembly member Evan Low, the measure’s sponsor, who additionally desires to make younger individuals our current. “Lowering the voting age will assist give them a voice within the democratic course of and instill a lifelong behavior of voting.”
The Washington Times reports: the proposal comes as essentially the most bold of a number of efforts to chip away on the 18-year-old voting age as Democrats search to carry into the fold youthful voters, who historically help extra liberal causes and candidates than do their elders.
George Soros is on board: His Open Society Foundations is among the many left-wing philanthropies backing FairVote, which has pushed to permit minors to vote in presidential primaries and caucuses, a coverage now on the books in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Also gaining recognition is preregistration. Twenty states and the District of Columbia enable sure minors, ranging in age from 16 to 17 years and 10 months, to register to vote earlier than turning 18, in keeping with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla appeared Thursday at John F. Kennedy High School in Los Angeles to announce the state’s on-line preregistration system for 16- and 17-year-olds, joined by this system director of YVote.
The group, which had advocated for preregistration, additionally has a George Soros connection. YVote is a undertaking of the Movement Strategy Center, which receives donations by way of the Funders for Justice, whose work is funded by left-wing philanthropies together with Open Society.
In November, voters in Berkeley, California, took it a step additional by decreasing the voting age for varsity board elections to 16. Two Maryland cities — Takoma Park and Hyattsville — have in recent times allowed 16-year-olds to take part in municipal elections.
Proponents argue that the 18-year-old threshold is unfair and arbitrary, however there’s little doubt that decreasing the voting age disproportionately advantages one aspect of the aisle, and it’s not the precise.
In November, Republican Donald Trump obtained about 37 p.c of the 18-29 vote, about the identical as did Mitt Romney in 2012, whereas Democrat Hillary Clinton gained about 55 p.c, in keeping with the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.
The California numbers have been much more skewed: Mr. Trump obtained simply 18 p.c help from Golden State voters ages 18-24, “and 17-year-olds can be simply as closely Democratic,” stated John J. Pitney Jr., American politics professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.
“It is a transparent ploy to pad the Democratic vote,” stated Mr. Pitney.
California lawmakers have been wrestling with methods to extend voter engagement since 2014, when simply 42.four p.c voted within the nonpresidential election 12 months, the bottom share in fashionable state historical past.
Elsewhere, 17 is only the start, as evidenced by the “Vote16” motion, which pushes for decreasing the voting age for native races, notably these involving public faculties.
“Research reveals that 16- and 17-year-olds are intellectually able to vote,” says Vote16USA, a undertaking of Generation Citizen. “For instance, on common 16-year-olds possess the identical degree of civic information as 21-year-olds.”
Not all liberals are in favor of giving youthful teenagers entry to the poll. In November, San Francisco voters defeated by 52 p.c to 47 p.c a poll measure allowing 16-year-old voters in metropolis elections.
The drawback for some voters? As the poll argument towards Proposition F put it, youthful voters have been seen as extra inclined to “help free-spending candidates and points than older and extra business-oriented residents.”