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Florida Governor Signs Uniform Registration Age Bill

On June 5th, Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) signed SB 866 into law, setting a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old. Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“Motor Voter”), citizens can register to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. The new Florida law now allows all eligible drivers to also be eligible to register to vote (and have their registration automatically become active upon reaching voting age). Setting a uniform age of 16 will help streamline the voter registration process by expanding registration opportunities for young people in high school and will give them an opportunity to learn about candidates and issues before they are old enough to vote.

The trend of setting a uniform registration age of 16-years-olds is catching on! Both houses of Rhode Island’s legislature have passed a uniform registration age law and it awaits the governor’s signature. Similar legislation has also been introduced this year in California, Michigan and Maryland.

[FairVote Rhode Island]
[Rob Richie's Blog on RI Wins]