Bills Would Allow California Teens To Register To Vote Sooner

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Two bills that would allow teenagers to register to vote at a younger age picked up the endorsement of a group of students visiting the state capitol today (Monday, 4.27).    

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports…

The California Young Democrats are throwing their support behind a measure that would allow some 17-year-olds to vote.  Those who would turn 18 by the time of the general election could vote in the preceding primary or special election.  It would change the state constitution and require a 2/3rds vote of the legislature and final approval by voters.    Julie Lind is with the Young Democrats.  
“Young people are very active and very informed and are very involved and they’ve done the research and they understand the importance of the electoral process. And, it’s really important for them to be able to start making these decisions…”   
The Young Democrats are also backing another bill that would allow 16 and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote if they meet all eligibility requirements.    Lind says seven other states have approved similar voting standards for young people who want to register before they turn 18.