16 and 17-Year-Old Pre-Registration Bill
On February 23rd, Sen. Edward D. Maloney introduced Senate Bill 227, a bill requiring election authorities to accept the pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds who, but for age, are otherwise qualified to vote. Allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register would open up the possibility of registering young people through high school-based registration programs. This has the potential to increase youth participation in the democratic process and could also be the first step toward a universal registration system and clean and complete voter rolls. [Read SB 227]

To support this legislation contact Sen. Maloney at:
311 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-5145

Illinois residents, please contact the Senator from your district.

Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 27th 2009
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The Fayetteville Observer

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September 8th 2009
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