US News and World Report: States Want Voters to Start Young

Originally published in US News and World Report on June 04, 2018.

Many states hope to increase voter engagement by allowing students to pre-register or, in some cases, to vote before turning 18.

New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Democrat, says it's difficult to get GOP support for his bill to dramatically expand voter registration. Gianaris' bill would automatically register people to vote when they apply for a driver's license or unemployment, are released from prison, register for classes at a state or city university, or otherwise engage with the state bureaucracy. "It should be a fundamental tenet that the easier we make it for people to vote, the better for our democracy," Gianaris says.

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