Newark bid to lower voting age won’t take effect this year

Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds in Newark will not be able to vote in the upcoming April school board elections because election officials can’t have systems in place to accommodate the special voter registration in time.

Newark officials were told last week that the Statewide Voter Registration System isn’t built to have partial voter registration.

“We anticipated this would take some time.  It was overly ambitious of us to expect this to happen within a few weeks,” said Newark City Clerk Kecia Daniels.  “We hope to have it ready for next year.”

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