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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2019 08:58 AM
From: Representative Brandon J. Markosek
To: All House members
Subject: Future Voters
Our Democracy needs more young people to participate in elections. They make up a large portion of the population and we need to get more of them to vote. This is why I want to expand access to voting by allowing the preregistration of voters that are 16 and 17 years old.

My bill would allow the state to provide resources for history and social studies teachers to coordinate an annual voter registration/preregistration event for high school students. Students who hold a valid driver’s license or state ID card would also be allowed to preregister online. The pre-registrants would not be eligible to vote until they reach age 18, but they will be ready and registered when that day comes.

There are many states that are ahead of us on this issue. Thirteen states and Washington D.C. allow for voter preregistration beginning at 16 years old and four other states permit preregistration beginning at 17 years old. Please stand with me to strengthen the voice of our young people and increase their participation in our Democracy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Luce in my Harrisburg office at (717) 772-4511 or via email at jluce@pahouse.net.

Introduced as HB704