Roadmap to Reform
17-year-old Primary Voting

Maryland: SB 201
Sponsor: Senator Dyson
This bill amends the Maryland Constitution to allow voters who will be 18-years-old on or before the general election to vote in the corresponding primary election.
Status: Passed the Senate (46-0) on February 28, 2008 and House of Delegates (139-1) on March 31, 2008 in different forms. Held in conference committee.

New Hampshire: SB 436
Sponsor: Senator Foster
This bill permits voters who will be at least 18-years-old on or before the general election to vote in the preceding state or presidential primary election.
Status: Held in Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee

New Jersey: ACR127
Sponsor: Assembly Member Munoz
This bill permits voters who will be at least 18-years-old on or before the general election to vote in the preceding state or presidential primary election.
Status: Held in the Assembly State Government Committee


 
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
Giving teens a civic voice
The Fayetteville Observer

In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.

September 8th 2009
Give voters final say on vacancies
Politico

The two legislators proposing a constitutional amendment mandating elections to fill Senate vacancies make their case in the pages of Politico.