Civic Action: Extending the Vote

  • Ella Hale ’22

Hi, my name is Ella Hale. I am currently a junior at Sacred Heart, and I am taking AP Government and Politics. For this riveting class, all students must complete a Civic Action Project that impacts their community; mine is a proposed tangent on Kevin Mullin’s Proposition 18 that was on the California ballots for the 2020 election.

Mullin proposed that seventeen year-olds should be allowed to vote in local elections, while my idea was to expand this right to sixteen year-olds. I created a Google survey and sent it out to parents, students, and local government officials in order to gain a sense of how people feel about this plan. About 47% of people agreed with me, 32% disagreed, and 21% were undecided on their stance.

Considering people’s opinions and comments on my survey, I created a petition that addresses their concerns, and shows the public’s general support. I then created an instagram account with all of my information to create a social media campaign on what I researched, and just to bring awareness to the idea in general. I am very passionate about this topic because I believe that town and local government involvement  can be an impactful part of  one’s life, and that sixteen year-olds should be able to choose to contribute to how their town functions.

My email is ehale22@shschools.org and I’m happy to chat with you all about your own opinions regarding this policy. Please check out my petition and the work I’ve been doing!

http://chng.it/6bXffzRyYz

Photo provided by Mrs. Hale

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