Legislation proposing to lower California’s voter pre-registration age to 15 passed the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Tuesday.
Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, authored Senate Bill 727 in an effort to enfranchise tens of thousands more voters the day they turn 18, according to a news release.
“When our sons and daughters turn 18, we want nothing standing between them and their democracy,” Stern said in the release. “By lowering California’s pre-registration age to 15, we have the opportunity to further empower the next generation of voters by closing an inefficient and unnecessary hole in the system. I applaud my colleagues for passing SB 727 through committee and look forward to continuing our march toward youth enfranchisement in the months ahead.”