Tammy Duckworth Moves to Allow 16 & 17-Year-Olds to be Able to Register to Vote
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has reintroduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens’ participation in their democratic process. The legislation would allow citizens who are 16 and 17 years old to pre-register to vote so they can be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. “Many Americans still face unnecessary barriers when it comes to casting their vote, and voter turnout continues to lag behind that of many other developed nations. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier – not harder – for Americans to access the ballot box, “Duckworth said. “By allowing Americans to pre-register at 16 years old, we have a chance to increase voter participation and strengthen voting rights for Americans across the country.” Currently, 13 states and DC permit pre-registration beginning at 16 years old, four states permit pre-registration beginning at 17 years old, and five other states allow for pre-registration a few months ahead of voters' 18th birthday. Duckworth was joined by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in introducing the legislation. Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) also introduced a companion bill in the House, though regular Beat readers will recall that freshman Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) in February introduced a similar measure. More here.