- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the next general election.

Christie said in a statement accompanying the veto on Thursday that the U.S. and state constitutions are clear that a person must be 18 to vote.

The veto comes after Christie, a Republican, and the Democrat-led Legislature agreed on legislation last year that allows for 17-year-olds to register to vote if they will be 18 by the next election.

Christie says the proposed legislation “seeks to exploit” the previous legislation and could possibly lead to “unconstitutional” voting.

He called the right to vote an essential component of a democratic society, but says the proposed legislation could erode constitutional requirements.

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