Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? 5 things to know about local plan.

A proposal in Yellow Springs would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in village elections, but teens could not case ballots for county, state and national elections. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
A proposal in Yellow Springs would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in village elections, but teens could not case ballots for county, state and national elections. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Yellow Springs voters this November will decide if they will allow 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in future village elections.

Here are five things to know about the proposal:

1. What it says: Yellow Springs Village Council passed an amendment to the village charter that puts the issue of raising the voting age to 16 for local elections on the ballot this November.

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2. What it means: If approved, 16- and 17-year-olds could vote on council members, mayor and other village initiatives such as a charter amendment change. They will not be able to vote in school board, county, state or national elections.

3. How it would work: In major national elections, such as the 2020 presidential election, it is likely that minors in Yellow Springs would receive a separate ballot featuring village races and issues only, according to the Greene County Board of Elections.

4. How many voters could it mean: There are 100 or fewer 16- and 17-year-olds in Yellow Springs and approximately 2,000 people eligible to cast ballots, so these new voters would make up about 5 percent or less, according to village council president Brian Housh.

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5. Why they did it: Officials say because 16- and 17-year-olds can drive, work, and pay taxes, they believe that "they should have a say in the community and definitely how they want their education to go."

Editors Note: This article has been updated to clarify that under the new policy 16 and 17 year olds would be able to vote on Yellow Springs village council elections and village issues only; they would not be able to vote on school board, county, state or federal races or issues.