Uniform Voter Registration Age--Resource PageSetting a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old will enable more young people to register to vote and participate in the first election for which they are eligible. Schools will have more flexibility when conducting voter registration drives and young people will be able to register to vote when they receive their driver's permit at the DMV. In 2008, the Maryland General Assembly failed to take action in setting a uniform registration age, although the vast majority of members in both chambers agreed with the policy. Our hope is that the General Assembly take action next session to encourage youth participation in the political process.
Below, you will find resources to help you advocate for this policy. Please contact your Delegate or Senator and urge them to set a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old.
Text of 2008 Session Bills
Senate Bill 92
House Bill 310
Uniform Voter Registration Age Fact Sheet/FAQs
Maryland General Assembly--Uniform Voter Registration Age: On February 13 & 14, 2008, FairVote Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel testified before the Maryland Senate's Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee in favor of SB 92 & HB 310, bills setting a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old.
Coalition Letter from February 13, 2008
March 14th, 2008
If you register them, they will vote
Gazette.net: Maryland Community Newspapers Online
FairVote's Adam Fogel encourages the Maryland General Assembly to set a uniform voter registration age of 16.