Robust voter participation is fundamental to a healthy democracy. Sadly, San Francisco’s packed November 2015 ballot won turnout from less than 40% of registered voters — one fifth of all documented San Franciscans. Meanwhile, nations such as Australia, Belgium and Chile enjoy 90% voter turnout. Across the US, recent elections have shown some of the lowest voter turnout since World War II. 16 and 17 year old voting would increase voter engagement across the entire electorate.