You remember that liberal billionaire who refuses to stay out of politics?
When Donald Trump became President-elect in November, George Soros gathered his liberal friends, which included politicians and journalists, for a closed door meeting in D.C. to conspire how they could undermine a Trump administration.
Now it seems George Soros is continuing his efforts to undermine Trump’s presidency by introducing a bill in California that would contradict federal law.
The Washington Times reported:
“Stung by recent election defeats, Democrats are leading the charge to lower the voting age to 17, with a little help from liberal billionaire George Soros.
In California, Democratic legislators introduced this week a landmark bill, ACA 10, that would give the Golden State the nation’s youngest statewide voting age by lowering the threshold from 18 to 17 in the name of reversing the slide in voter turnout.
‘Young people are our future,’ said Democratic Assembly member Evan Low, the measure’s sponsor. ‘Lowering the voting age will help give them a voice in the democratic process and instill a lifelong habit of voting.’
The proposal comes as the most ambitious of a host of efforts to chip away at the 18-year-old voting age as Democrats seek to bring into the fold younger voters, who traditionally support more liberal causes and candidates than do their elders.
Mr. Soros is on board: His Open Society Foundations is among the left-wing philanthropies backing FairVote, which has pushed to allow 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before the general election to vote in presidential primaries and caucuses, a policy now on the books in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Also gaining popularity is preregistration. Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow certain minors, ranging in age from 16 to 17 years and 10 months, to register to vote before turning 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla appeared Thursday at John F. Kennedy High School in Los Angeles to announce the state’s online preregistration system for 16- and 17-year-olds, joined by the program director of YVote.
The group, which had advocated for preregistration, also has a Soros connection. YVote is a project of the Movement Strategy Center, which receives donations through the Funders for Justice, whose work is funded by left-wing philanthropies including Open Society.
In November, voters in Berkeley, California, took it a step further by lowering the voting age for school board elections to 16. Two Maryland cities — Takoma Park and Hyattsville — have in recent years allowed 16-year-olds to participate in municipal elections.
Proponents argue that the 18-year-old threshold is unfair and arbitrary, but there is little doubt that lowering the voting age disproportionately benefits one side of the aisle, and it’s not the right.
In November, Republican Donald Trump received about 37 percent of the 18-29 vote, about the same as did Mitt Romney in 2012, while Democrat Hillary Clinton won about 55 percent, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.
The California numbers were even more skewed: Mr. Trump received just 18 percent support from Golden State voters ages 18-24, ‘and 17-year-olds would be just as heavily Democratic,’ said John J. Pitney Jr., American politics professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.
‘It is a transparent ploy to pad the Democratic vote,’ said Mr. Pitney.”
But voting data included only 8.2 percent of 18-24-year-olds who are actually eligible to vote.
So why would they assume 17-year-olds would increase this figure?
Still, if passed, 17-year-old Californians would be able to vote “in all public elections, including federal elections for president and Congress.”
California is a blue state and probably always will be when it comes to voting for the presidency, but other congressman and senators could now “pad their stats” with this new law because 17-year-olds would presumably vote for them.
So this is yet another example of just how powerful money is in politics.
And by extension, this new bill is almost as if George Soros is literally buying votes.