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.
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