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California Considering Voter Pre-registration Bill for 16-year-olds

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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. 


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