N.J.’s largest city lowers voting age to 16 in school elections

Newark residents as young as 16 will be able to vote in the city’s annual April school elections under an ordinance adopted by the City Council on Wednesday.

City officials say the council’s 9-0 vote to lower the school voting age from 18 makes Newark the first city or town in New Jersey to do so. It came one day after Gov. Phil Murphy called for lowering the school voting age to 16 statewide during his State of the State address on Tuesday, though the council had introduced the ordinance and approved it on first reading on Dec. 20.

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