VC Star editorial: Turning younger Californians into registered voters

January 30, 2014

Preparing young Californians for their future civic duty as voters makes good sense. It’s one way to increase voter participation and understanding of our democratic system of self-government.

With an eye toward helping teens get in gear as voters, this week the California state Senate passed a bill to let them pre-register as voters at age 16.

The actual voting age of 18 would remain unchanged under Senate Bill 113 but the registration application could be submitted as much as two years earlier. That way, young citizens could be signed up and ready to vote when they turn 18...

...SB 113, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is a reasonable step to help young citizens prepare for their duty as voters.