N.J. city moves to lower the voting age to 16 in school board elections

The Newark City Council on Wednesday night gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that, if adopted, would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the city’s April school elections.

Suffrage for younger teens is not a new idea, having been adopted in other U.S. cities and proposed in New Jersey, at least as far back as 2015, including a student-led movement that began last summer in Jersey City.

But if the council votes to adopt the measure following a public hearing scheduled for Jan. 10, proponents say Newark would be the state’s first municipality to grant voting rights to people under 18.

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