Pre-registration allows 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register before they turn 18. Young people who have pre-registered are then added to the voter rolls on their 18th birthday. Pre-registration is a way of preparing our children to engage in the political process and giving them all the tools they need to become the next generation of leaders.
Voter turnout among young people tends to hover about 15-25 percentage points below the rate for other age groups. Research shows that pre-registering 16 and 17-year-olds makes them more likely to vote once they turn 18. For example, in the 2008 presidential election, young African-Americans who pre-registered voted 5.2% percentage points above those who registered when they turned 18.
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