senate Bill S1992A
(D) 38th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Relates to voter pre-registration and education on voter pre-registration.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to voter
PURPOSE: To allow those 16 and 17 veers of age to pre-register to
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new paragraph p is added to section 5-500 of
the election law that specifies for the addition of a space on a voter
registration form for pre-registering applicants.
The election law is amended by adding a new section 5-507 to allow a
person who is a: least 16 years old and is otherwise qualified to
register to vote, to pre-register to vote with that voter
automatically registered upon reaching the age of eligibility.
Subsection two of the new section 5-507 requires local boards of
education to adopt policies to promote student voter registration and
JUSTIFICATION: There are currently at least a dozen states that allow
16- and/or 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. The age 16 is a
sensible time for the DMV and high schools to collect information for
voter pre-registration, as it is the time when a significant amount of
people have their first interaction with the DMV, and it is an age
where school is still compulsory in New York. Pre-registration allows
this information to be collected at a convenient time for the
individual rather than making them return to the boards of elections
or a state agency when they reach eligible voting age.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 only 46.6% of eligible
New York voters between the aces of 16 and 24 were registered to vote
(the most recent data available). This percentage is likely to
increase when information is gathered to pro-register 16- and
17-year-olds, and then automatically registering young voters when
they reach an eligible voting age. Getting young people involved in
the election process allows them to form the habit of voting and
contribute to civic life early
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021-12 - 5.5256 - Referred to Elections
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To he determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.
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