On September 8, Delaware governor Jack A. Markell signed into law a bill allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote. The passage of the law makes Delaware the sixth state (plus the District of Columbia) to adopt youth voter preregistration reforms aimed at engaging young citizens in the political process. Such programs have been shown to increase turnout and improve long-term voting habits among young voters. Similar bills are being considered in other states.
- FairVote's Jo McKeegan blogs here
- Read the official press release (PDF version here)
- Text of HB 381
- Youth Voter Preregistration Factsheet