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Berkeley Voting Age Update

Written by NYRA Jul 13, 2005

NYRA’s Berkeley Chapter remains an active, vital part of the organization. Most recently they have been lobbying for ACA17, a bill that will allow seventeen year olds to vote in primaries if they will be eighteen by the time of the election. The chapter has been urging local government bodies in the Bay Area to officially recommend the state pass ACA17. So far they have convinced the Berkeley City Council and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass such recommendations. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors however, has postponed voting on recommending a bill that will give cities the choice to set their own voting ages. The chapter has meetings scheduled with the Oakland City Council, the El Cerrito City Council, and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. They hope that they will be able to get more official recommendations to the State regarding ACA17. The chapter has also been talking about holding a rally in the area. If you are interested in attending such an event, please email Chris Howell.

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