Posted on April 13, 2010
On the final day of the 90-day legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill setting a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old. With the governor's signature, Maryland will become the fifth state with 16-year-old youth voter pre-registration. Other states with 16-year-old pre-registration include Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina and Rhode Island. FairVote has had a presence in every state that has passed this policy into law within the past three years. In Maryland, the bill was championed by former FairVote board member, Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) and a range of groups endorsed the policy this year, including Common Cause Maryland, Maryland League of Women Voters and Maryland PIRG.