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Calif. Assembly rejects lower voting age

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California lawmakers rejected a bill Tuesday that would have let people as young as 17 to vote in elections.

Northstate Assemblyman James Gallagher did not support the bill, joking that his colleagues should think about what he would have been like at 17 years old.

Supporters cited a sense of city duty in teenagers as a reason to pass the bill.

The bill would have needed 54 votes to move to the Senate. It failed 46 to 23. If passed, it would have changed the California Constitution, allowing 17 year olds to vote in elections, including for the president.

Although it failed to pass on Tuesday, lawmakers could still discuss the bill before recessing Friday, or again next year.

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