HB20-1149 (Gonzales-Gutierrez/Moreno) 16-yr-olds Voting In School Board Elections
This bill would allow young people who are ages 16 and 17 who are preregistered to vote in elections for the state board of education, school district officers, and on referred measures regarding mill levies, property taxes, school district organization and representation, and school district financial obligations or indebtedness. It would allow pre registrants to circulate and sign petitions to nominate or recall a school district officer, or to initiate an election under Title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes.
The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. We know that young people have a stake in local issues, and that they are ready to responsibly exercise the right to vote. Voting young improves lifetime turnout, is effective and practical civic education, and represents the key to establishing a consistent voting habit. Research shows that a person who votes in one election is 25 percent more likely to vote in future elections. Expanding the voting age to 16 would provide young people the opportunity to participate in at least one local election while in a stable school environment, supported by teachers, parents and their peers
Passed the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 6-3 and now heads to House Appropriations Committee.