Location: Alhambra , CA United States
The voting age in America is typically 18 years old, but a group of high school students in the Alhambra Unified School District wants to change that.
These students, from Alhambra, Mark Keppel and San Gabriel High School, are launching the Vote at 16 – SGV campaign. This would allow students who are at least 16 years old to vote in the district’s Board of Education elections.
The goal is to give students more of a voice in their school communities. “We see issues in the Alhambra Unified School District that they haven’t addressed, even though students have been actively voicing these issues,” said Eileen Ong, 17, who is a senior at San Gabriel High School.
Civic engagement is also important to the students, especially given the two school board elections and three city elections happening in November this year.