Steve Shadley, Capital Public Radio
The students say lowering pre-registration age to 17 would encourage more young people to vote after they turn 18.
A group of high school students is urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would lower the age that teenagers could pre-register to vote in California.
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
There are hundreds of bills on the governor’s desk right now.
But some high school students are especially excited about one of them that would lower the voter registration age to 17.
Then when the pre-registered voter turns 18...they’d automatically be eligible to cast a ballot.
Diana Li is a student at Sacramento’s Mira Loma High School and she’s president of the California Association of Student Councils.
She says it’s a great way to get more young people to the polls...
Diana Li: “We’d essentially be opening up a plethora of opportunities for teenagers to be active voters when they reach age 18. High school students will become more cognizant of national issues. And, schools altogether will enjoy a more politically involved and informed student body...”
Currently, only half of the Californians between 18 and 24 are registered to vote.
A few other states have approved similar legislation.
Governor Schwarzenegger has until October 11th to take action on all of the bills lawmakers sent him at the end of session last month.