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



Share | |
(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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. 

 

Related Stories

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Signs International Climate Agreement

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Lauds California Community Colleges

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.

  • David Phillips, flickr

    Guide Helps Colleges Respond to Sexual Assaults

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    California colleges are getting some guidance on dealing with sexual assaults. By July, California colleges must immediately disclose reported sexual assaults to law enforcement.

  • capleez, flickr

    California Needs Volunteers To Test Road Charge

    Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    California depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.

We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter