ACA 4 Advances to the Senate with Bi-Partisan Support

Thursday, August 22, 2019

California 17 Year-Olds Would Be Allowed to Vote in Primary Elections

Sacramento – Today, ACA 4, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s effort to allow 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections provided they will be 18 by the time of the General Election, passed off the Assembly floor with 58 votes and is headed to the Senate.

“The time has come for ACA 4,” Mullin stated. “California is behind the curve on this issue and it’s time for us to join the many other states that already have this law in place. Today’s vote takes us one step closer toward empowering California’s youngest voters, encouraging them to become life-long participants in the most fundamental act in our democracy.  This effort is also very personal for me since my father, former Assemblymember Gene Mullin, a long-time former civics teacher also authored this legislation and I have authored it three times myself. I am optimistic that my colleagues in the Senate will also see the importance of this bill, ultimately giving the voters of California the opportunity to cast their vote on the issue in California’s early March primary in 2020.”