Oakland Youth Vote (OYV) is a youth-led measure that would give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the Oakland School Board elections. We strongly encourage the Council to move the resolution forward – so we can secure the placement of Oakland Youth Vote on the November 2020 ballot.
This campaign was started a year ago by youth leaders from Oakland Kids First, All City Council, and other Oakland Youth Vote Coalition members. Youth organizers have been conducting tireless research, meeting with City Council and School Board members, co-authoring the Oakland Youth Vote resolution with Council President Rebecca Kaplan, and building coalitions with student leaders and adult allies forming.
WHY OAKLAND YOUTH VOTE?
Studies show that enfranchising sixteen and seventeen year-olds will:
– Expand democratic participation by getting youth invested in the habit of voting before they transition into adulthood
– Boost voter turnout of their parents
– Create more lifelong voters – a necessity in an age of low turnout and voter suppression.
Youth also have immense experiential expertise regarding our school system and this effort will increase OUSD’s accountability to their primary constituency – students
To learn more about why it’s important to expand voting rights in Oakland school board elections to include an additional 8,000 youth, please visit the Oakland Youth Vote website.