Pre-registered voters would be automatically eligible to vote when they turn 18.
Amanda Brown with Rock the Vote says pre-registration could be integrated into high school civics class discussions about the importance of voting.
“The earlier you start those conversations about what it means to vote, what it means to be a citizen and that responsibility and also the power that come with it, the better,” Brown says.
Recent studies show that adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are registered to vote at a far lower rate than any other age group.
According to a recent study, pre-registration programs in Hawaii and Florida have been successful in encouraging young people to start voting and to keep voting.
The bill has passed out of the Senate and is now in the Assembly.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Today Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.