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Young people need to vote

Editor, Ceres Courier,

It was with no small sense of irony that, in the days following the funeral of John Lewis, a champion for voting rights, I read your editorial of August 5 in which you suggest that the voting age be raised to 21 due to your opinion that today’s young adults are immature in comparison to those of bygone days. This is a common lament heard frequently through the years, as false now as ever. My interactions with high school students, who are or will soon be eligible to vote, have left me impressed with their energy and knowledge. Their diverse political views do not lessen their worthiness to vote. To call for the disenfranchisement of millions of adults is antithetical to our democracy. In contrast, I would call for everyone eligible, including those 18 to 20 years of age, to be certain to exercise their civic duty to vote.

Scott Siegel,


Ceres Unified School District

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