[The Matador] APIFM seeks to lower local voting age requirement

By Kelly Lac

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) representatives from Alhambra High School (AHS), Mark Keppel High School (MKHS), and San Gabriel High School (SGHS) join together for the Vote at 16—San Gabriel Valley Movement.

The campaign was made with the purpose of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 for school board elections. By doing so, students would be able to vote for school board members that will help provide support and resolve school issues. With this in mind, the representatives hope that students would be more active in school in regards to making changes.

“If students are allowed to vote, they will become more involved in how their school is run and take more initiative to make change,” Casey Kwan, KMHS senior and representative, said. “They will also develop voting habits that will result in a rise of voter participation as students get older and continue to vote in city, state, and federal elections.”

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