Lawmakers Introduce Bills Aimed At Bosltering Youth Vote

Published On : 2/19/2013 11:14 AM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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California lawmakers are trying to make it easier for young people to vote.

Lawmakers in both chambers of the California legislature are seeking to bolster the youth vote. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento.

Two state Senators have proposed legislation that would require at least one polling place on each University of California and California State University campus. They also seek to expand voting on community college campuses. Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the general election.

“We need to be thinking of elections in a full cycle manner, it’s not just the general election, it’s the June primary as well and primary turnouts are lower than general elections, historically, the youth vote is underrepresented.”

The amendment would require a two-thirds vote in the legislature and then voter approval. Mullin says 20 other states already allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries or caucuses.

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