Wednesday, March 10, 2004

See, now THIS youth voting proposal is a good idea . . .

MULLIN INTRODUCES BILL THAT ALLOWS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO PARTICIPATE IN VOTING PROCESS

SACRAMENTO-Assemblymember Gene Mullin (D-South San Francisco) announced the introduction of ACA 25, a constitutional amendment that facilitates high school student involvement in the political process. This measure is sponsored by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, the state’s chief elections officer.

"As a Government teacher for over 32 years, I have worked to bridge the gap between student participation and the electoral process," said Assemblymember Mullin. "ACA 25 will combine non-partisan voter registration efforts with civics education, to increase youth-voter turnout."

Currently, 11 states permit citizens who will turn 18 by the date of the general election to register to vote and cast ballots in intervening primaries, special elections and municipal elections. These states are Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Iowa permits 17 year-olds to take part in the presidential caucuses.

"We can’t restore faith in our political process without the participation of our new young voters," added Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. "This measure is a great first step in accomplishing this."

ACA 25 allows a person who is 17 years-old and will be 18 years-old at the time of the next general election, to register and vote at that general election and in any intervening primary or special election that occurs after the person is eligible to register to vote.

For more information on state efforts to increase voter participation and ensure the smooth conduct of elections please visit the Secretary of State’s web page at www.myvotecounts.org

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