Supporters of Measure QQ thanked voters in a message posted to the campaign's website Wednesday. (Image courtesy of

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It looks as if 16- and 17-year-old students in Oakland schools will have a voice when it comes time to elect school board members, according to unofficial election results late Tuesday night.

Measure QQ, which was passing by a wide margin, gives them a voice provided the City Council adopts an ordinance allowing it.

Proponents of the measure were leading 67 percent to about 33 percent, unofficial results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters showed late Tuesday night. A simple majority is required for the measure to pass.

Before Election Day, Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Education Association, which represents teachers and staff in the school district, said that school board decisions impact students’ education and their futures.

The association supported the measure, which was the brainchild of students. Before Tuesday’s election, all City Council members were in support of Measure QQ.

No opposing argument was submitted to the Registrar of Voters before Election Day.