Uniform Voter Registration Age--Resource Page
Setting 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.

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 driver´┐Żs 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

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