February 15th, 2017
Young Oklahomans (ages 18-29) vote less often than any other age group, and at among the lowest rates in the nation. SB 349 (Sen. David Holt – R. Oklahoma City) aims to boost voter turnout by young Oklahomans by allowing for 16 and 17-year olds who will turn 18 by the time of the next election to pre-register to vote.
Where Things Stand (as of 3/1/17)
SB 349 failed to pass the Senate Rules committee on Wednesday, March 1st and is dead for the remainder of the session.
- SB 349 would allow for voter registration at already established points of contact for young people, such as during civics classes or when going to get a driver’s license.
- An engaged and active electorate is critical to the health of our democracy.
- SB 349 would allow for young voters to become familiar with the process before turning 18, allowing them to make informed, calculated decisions.
- This is a non-partisan measure that will increase voter turnout across the board.
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