When you think of the right to vote, you probably think about state laws. But cities and towns make laws that control the right to vote, too. Did you know that “in November 2016, Berkeley, California decided to lower the voting age to sixteen for its school board elections and San Francisco voters narrowly rejected a referendum to reduce the voting age to sixteen for all of its city elections?”
Professor Joshua A. Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law shows how municipalities in California and across the nation are trying out expanded types of voter qualifications, playing their constitutional role as “laboratories of experiment” for new ideas, or “test tubes of experiment” in Professor Douglas’s words.
For the issue brief, see Joshua A. Douglas’s Expanding Voting Rights Through Local Law.
For the full law review article, see The Right to Vote Under Local Law, also by Joshua A. Douglas.