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Expect Young Calif. Voters to Come out in Droves by 2020

A program designed to pre-register voters in high school and get them ballot-ready is a huge success.

KNX Afternoon News
April 06, 2018 - 2:40 pm
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LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - California has hit a milestone with a program designed to pre-register voters in high school and get them ballot-ready as soon as they reach the age of 18.

In 18 months, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says the total of pre-registered 16 and 17-year-old high school students has reached 100,000. He added recent political events have spiked those totals well beyond the normal average of 1000 a week.

School Board Student Representative Benjamin Holtzman says that energy is being channeled towards state and national lawmakers. Many who have registered have taken an interest in gun control and DACA. 

The secretary of state’s office indicates that about 10 percent of those who pre-register indicated they wanted to vote as a Republican – 38 percent as Democrat, while 43 percent declined to state a party preference.

 

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