California Democrats push for younger voter turnout
February 15, 2013
Democratic California lawmakers have introduced bills aimed at increasing the voter turnout among young people. [LA Times]
The bills aimed at increasing younger voter turnout include two that would require polling places on college campus and one that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the general election.
Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco and Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills each introduced bills requiring polling places on California State University, University of California and California Community College campuses.
A polling place already exists on the Cal Poly campus.
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco introduced a state constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries.
“Most young people’s first contact with politics is in their mandatory high school civics class,” Mullin said. “This is the perfect time to get the engaged and give them some ownership in the process by getting them to vote in primaries.”
In the November 2012 election, a surge of young people voted following the implementation of online voter registration. California Democrats claimed supermajorities in both houses of the legislature in the election.