Joe Neguse Wants 16 & 17-Year-Olds to be Able to Register to Vote
Freshman Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) has introduced legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register to vote ahead of their 18th birthday. Across the nation, a growing number of states are taking up pre-registration to integrate young people into the democratic process early, at a time when they are more likely to begin interacting with government agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, where voter registration services are offered. Neguse helped pass a similar law in Colorado before he was in Congress. As a college graduate, he co-founded New Era Colorado – one of the most successful young voter engagement groups in the country. The Next Generation Votes Act builds on that work. “Ultimately our democracy is better when more people are participating, when there are more voices in the mix, irrespective of where folks might land on the political ladder, whether they’re republicans or democrats, we just want more people to vote,” said Neguse. Colorado was the first state in the country to pass the law. Thirteen other states have since joined. If the federal legislation passes, it would take effect in January 2020. More here.