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Lawmakers Introduce Bills Aimed At Bosltering Youth Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 18, 2013

Two state Senators have proposed legislation that would require at least one polling place on each University of California and California State University campus.

They also seek to expand voting on community college campuses.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the general election.

"We need to be thinking of elections in a full cycle manner," says Mullin. "It's not just the general election, it's the June primary as well, and primary turnouts are lower than general elections, historically, the youth vote is underrepresented."

The amendment would require a two-thirds vote in the legislature and then voter approval.
Mullin says 20 other states already allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries or caucuses.
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