Encourage Young People to Become Lifelong Voters with Pre-Registration
Voter turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds is consistently lower than that of any other age group. Allowing young people to pre-register to vote starting at 16, with their registration becoming effective once they turn 18, is an effective way for states to increase civic engagement among younger citizens. The Voter Pre-Registration Act engages young people in the democratic process, encouraging them to form voting habits that will positively impact their life-long voter participation.
Voting rights advocates
Youth and youth advocates
High school groups
Good government groups
Interest groups that benefit from low voter participation
This act shall be known as the Voter Pre-registration Act
This act allows residents of STATE who are at least 16 years of age to pre-register to vote with registration becoming effective on his or her 18th birthday.
- A resident of STATE who is at least sixteen years of age but not yet of voting age and who is otherwise qualified to register to vote may pre-register to vote, pursuant to the same process and procedures applicable to those registering to vote in STATE who are of voting age. Such pre-registrants may also update their information pursuant to the same process and procedures applicable to those updating their voter registration in STATE.
- Such pre-registrants shall not be registered to vote upon registration but shall be automatically registered upon reaching the age of eligibility.