Young people aren’t voting and it impacts you more than you think. From the rise of Donald Trump to the lack of affordable housing, young voters can help us tackle the most pressing challenges that we face.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. San Francisco is leading an historic effort to empower new voters and boost participation in elections by extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year old citizens for local and school board elections. Research shows that voting is habit-forming, and the earlier someone votes the more likely they are to become a lifelong voter. Investing in a culture of informed voting at an early age will strengthen San Francisco.

It’s time for elected officials to feel accountable to all members of the community--not just a wealthy few.

So where does your donation go?

This has been a youth-led effort from the start, and will continue to be. We want to continue to invest in the next generation of leaders, which is why we’re raising money to support a team of 5-6 Junior Organizers to lead our voter education campaign.

Your donation will bolster these youth leaders' training and campaign efforts, helping lead us to victory in November. We’re building something big, but we can’t do it without your support.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Mike Males endorsed

    “I support extending the voting age to 16 for the reasons young San Franciscans expressed at the Board of Supervisors hearing: they're informed, affected by political decisions, bring a fresh perspective, and are a vital part of the democratic process in a diverse city and society.”

  • Danielle Reiser endorsed

    “I support smarter voting in SF because I have a voice and I want to be able to use it on issues that affect me!”

  • Roshan Bliss endorsed

    “Young people must have a say in the decisions that affect them! I and the Student Voice, Student Vote coalition here in Denver are in full support of Vote16SF! We're hoping to win 16 year olds the right to vote in school board elections next year, and we're rooting for your success this year! Learn more about our work at www.studentvoicestudentvote.com”

  • Bill Bystricky endorsed

    “We won this reform in two suburbs of Washington, DC, and the results have been fantastic. People here would never want to go back. What a delight to see San Francisco moving forward.”

  • Anne Sheridan endorsed

    “Everyone at the National Youth Rights Association is very excited to see this campaign take off!”

  • Adele Failes-Carpenter endorsed

    “I support Vote16 because I have seen first hand how this effort is mobilizing and building the leadership of young San Franciscans who want to have a say on local issues in a rapidly changing city.”

  • Erica Kong endorsed

    “My family and I live in a SRO. A lot of families in District 3, especially Chinatown, do. I know that one of Supervisor Peskin’s priorities focuses on affordable housing for families, which is a topic that I can speak on and relate to. The board and residents over 18 vote on legislation that impact us, the youth. I am ready to vote on legislation that pertains to means to my family and neighborhood.”

  • Celi Tamayo-Lee endorsed

    “Vote16 is one proactive move we can make in the spectrum of social justice. Our city and country have incredibly low voter participation for a so-called "democracy". People have good reason not to believe in our political reasons, especially those who have been marginalized, erased and oppressed by these systems. Historically, voting has been made inaccessible, culturally and legislatively, because of the power votes have. Voting results become policies and politicians, and in local elections, voting creates a direct cause and effect, impacting the day to day outcomes of housing, education, employment, transportation, public space.”

  • Steven endorsed

    “Great purpose and great team in San Francisco. Keep up the hard work. You have my support!”

  • Wilson Wong endorsed

    “You're not only voting for the youth of today, but for our future leaders and a more representative voice of the city”

October 18, 2016

Thank You for Helping Vote16 Make History. Now Let's Finish Strong.

Thank you so much for supporting Vote16SF, our youth-led campaign to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in San Francisco. This is an historic campaign that has gained the support of the most prominent elected officials, political clubs, and community groups in the city. For the past month, young people have been knocking on doors and making phone calls to take their message to the voters. This would not have been possible without your support.

There are just 20 days until the election, and it's an all out sprint to the finish line. Will you join us for the final push? Just another $16 will help us expand our reach both on the ground and with digital targeting to make sure every voter knows that Yes on F is a winning proposition.

If just 28 people chip in $16, we'll reach our ultimate goal! Share this message with your friends so they can join our historic campaign. Thank you for being part of Vote16.

August 25, 2016

YES ON F - YES ON THE FUTURE

Vote16 Community!

As of 8/15 we have a Proposition Letter.... F!!

F = Future

F = Freedom

F = Fabulous

F = Fuerza

Telling your family and friends - YES ON F!!!!

July 14, 2016

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Mike Males endorsed

    “I support extending the voting age to 16 for the reasons young San Franciscans expressed at the Board of Supervisors hearing: they're informed, affected by political decisions, bring a fresh perspective, and are a vital part of the democratic process in a diverse city and society.”

  • Danielle Reiser endorsed

    “I support smarter voting in SF because I have a voice and I want to be able to use it on issues that affect me!”

  • Roshan Bliss endorsed

    “Young people must have a say in the decisions that affect them! I and the Student Voice, Student Vote coalition here in Denver are in full support of Vote16SF! We're hoping to win 16 year olds the right to vote in school board elections next year, and we're rooting for your success this year! Learn more about our work at www.studentvoicestudentvote.com”

  • Cole Sanchez endorsed

  • Bill Bystricky endorsed

    “We won this reform in two suburbs of Washington, DC, and the results have been fantastic. People here would never want to go back. What a delight to see San Francisco moving forward.”

  • Lorelei Vaisse endorsed

  • Anne Sheridan endorsed

    “Everyone at the National Youth Rights Association is very excited to see this campaign take off!”

  • Adele Failes-Carpenter endorsed

    “I support Vote16 because I have seen first hand how this effort is mobilizing and building the leadership of young San Franciscans who want to have a say on local issues in a rapidly changing city.”

  • Erica Kong endorsed

    “My family and I live in a SRO. A lot of families in District 3, especially Chinatown, do. I know that one of Supervisor Peskin’s priorities focuses on affordable housing for families, which is a topic that I can speak on and relate to. The board and residents over 18 vote on legislation that impact us, the youth. I am ready to vote on legislation that pertains to means to my family and neighborhood.”

  • Celi Tamayo-Lee endorsed

    “Vote16 is one proactive move we can make in the spectrum of social justice. Our city and country have incredibly low voter participation for a so-called "democracy". People have good reason not to believe in our political reasons, especially those who have been marginalized, erased and oppressed by these systems. Historically, voting has been made inaccessible, culturally and legislatively, because of the power votes have. Voting results become policies and politicians, and in local elections, voting creates a direct cause and effect, impacting the day to day outcomes of housing, education, employment, transportation, public space.”

  • Iris Weiss endorsed

  • Timmy Cho endorsed

  • Steven endorsed

    “Great purpose and great team in San Francisco. Keep up the hard work. You have my support!”

  • Klaine Justo endorsed

  • Wilson Wong endorsed

    “You're not only voting for the youth of today, but for our future leaders and a more representative voice of the city”

  • Brittani Stribling endorsed

  • Aaliyah Saldajeno endorsed

  • Ian Michael Enriquez endorsed

    “In many cases our youth are our most informed voters as they are actively learning about politics in school with the hopes that the adults responsible for their education allow kids to develop their own opinions.”

  • Cindy Gong endorsed

  • Amy He endorsed

  • Daisy Madeline Shull endorsed

    “My vote counts!”

  • Donna Levin endorsed

    “These younger voters deserve a voice.”

  • Jaden J Schneider endorsed

  • elaine strong endorsed

  • Bernice endorsed

  • Belinda Zhen endorsed

  • Emily Lin endorsed

  • Iris Morrell endorsed

    “This is a great way to get voters that care and know more about local issues.”

  • Eli Gordon endorsed

  • Dom Hauscarriague endorsed

    “I stand behind Cami Doo and the causes she supports.”