Sending Office: Honorable Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Join Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Keith Ellison and Sen. Tammy Duckworth in support of…

The Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act

Supporting organizations: Rock the Vote, HeadCount, Common Cause, and Fair Vote Action

115th Cosponsors (10): Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen, Elijah Cummings, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brian Higgins, Katherine Clark, Jose Serrano, Frank Pallone, Hank Johnson, Earl Blumenauer

114th Cosponsors (31): Keith Ellison, Eric Swalwell, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Garamendi, Gregory Meeks, Brian Higgins, Mike Honda, Elijah Cummings, Earl Blumenauer, Tammy Duckworth, Ted Deutch, Lucille Roybal-Allard,
Steve Cohen, Judy Chu, Jim McDermott, Sander Levin, Bonnie Watson Coleman, John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Rush, Bobby Scott, Gwen Moore, Yvette Clarke, Barbara Lee, Ed Perlmutter, Jan Schakowsky, James McGovern, Mark Takano, Katherine Clark, Patrick Murphy, Jose
Serrano, Luis Gutierrez

Dear Colleague:

September is National Voter Registration Month, and to commemorate the occasion we ask that you please join us and Senator Tammy Duckworth in cosponsoring legislation to allow young Americans to pre-register to vote in federal elections.
Research on the effects of pre-registration shows it’s an effective way to increase overall voter participation and encourage civic engagement.

Nothing is more important to representative government than choosing our leaders through free and fair elections. Sadly though, too many young people do not participate in the electoral process. In the last federal election cycle, the registration rate for
18-24-year-olds was 20 percent lower than the national average for all age groups.

At least 20 states and the District of Columbia already allow young people to pre-register to vote. A study by George Mason University examined two of these states – Florida and Hawaii – and found strong evidence to support the positive impact pre-registration
has on turnout and civic engagement. The same study found these results were even more pronounced when election officials and school administrators worked together to develop civics curriculum aimed at improving electoral participation.

That is why we have introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act,
which creates a national minimum age of 16-years-old to pre-register to vote. Once future voters are pre-registered, they are already in the voter files and are automatically added to the rolls so they can vote once they turn 18. Our legislation also
provides grant assistance for schools and election officials to develop civics education curriculum to encourage continued involvement of minors in elections.

Voting is habit forming; when people vote, they are likely to vote again. The PROVE Act is an effective way to engage young people early on and encourage lasting participation in elections.

For more information or if you would like to cosponsor, contact Mike Lucier with Rep. Beyer at or 202-225-4376.


Don Beyer                                                                                   Keith Ellison

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