File #: Res 1900-2013    Version: * Name: Increase youth engagement in elections by allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, and by allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 8/22/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law legislation that would increase youth engagement in elections by allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, and by allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
Sponsors: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Charles Barron, Letitia James, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan J. Richards, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Melissa Mark-Viverito City Council Sine Die (Filed, End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/22/2013*Melissa Mark-Viverito City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/22/2013*Melissa Mark-Viverito City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1900
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law legislation that would increase youth engagement in elections by allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, and by allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
 
 
By Council Members Mark-Viverito, Barron, James, Mendez, Palma, Richards, Rose, Vann and Rodriguez
      Whereas, According to a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, in the 2012 General Elections youth voter turnout was 15 percent lower than the population as a whole; and
      Whereas, Low youth engagement in the political process can result in public policies that adversely affect younger people at precisely the time when they may need the most help in starting their careers and their families; and
      Whereas, Two ways that could increase youth engagement in elections would be to allow 17-year-olds to vote in party primaries if they will be 18-years-old by the time the general election takes place, and to allow 16- year-olds to pre-register to vote; and
      Whereas, Allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections increases the likelihood that they will vote in the general election because they will have participated in electing the candidates who are on the ballot in the general election; and
      Whereas, According to Center for Voting and Democracy, studies show that voters who begin voting young or who have voted before are more likely to vote in the future; and
      Whereas, Twenty states have already adopted laws allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they are 18 by the general election; and
      Whereas, Similarly getting young people to pre-register to vote increases the number of voters who will ultimately be registered, which is likely to increase overall turnout; and
      Whereas, In April of this year Governor Cuomo proposed an election reform that would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote at their schools or the Department of Motor Vehicles which would result in them being automatically registered once they turn 18-years-old; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law legislation that would increase youth engagement in elections by allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election, and by allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
 
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