On April 5th the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to explore instituting a voter preregistration system for high school students. Resolution 271-05, sponsored by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, calls for preregistering students as they enter their junior year. When they turn 18 they would be notified that their registration has automatically taken effect and given information on the date of the next election and their responsibilities when changing addresses.
FairVote strongly urges San Francisco to implement a high school voter preregistration program in order to shift some of the responsibility of registration from the citizen to the government and to guarantee cleaner voter rolls. The resolution supports both of these goals, noting that voter registration is the mutual responsibility of the citizen and the government in most democracies and universal voter registration will lead to cleaner voter rolls and reduce the opportunity for voter fraud.
[Read the Resolution]