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Sending Office: Honorable Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
Sent By:
Sophia.Khan@mail.house.gov

 

Join Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth in support of the

Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act

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

116th Congress cosponsors (25): Butterfield, Cohen, Norton, Schakowsky, Raskin, Payne, Bonamici, Wilson, Watson Coleman, Moore, McCollum, Lowenthal, Peters, Blumenauer, Clarke, Sewell, Carbajal, McGovern, Sarbajal, Serrao,
Jackson Lee, Takano, Cummings, Hastings, Blunt Rochester

115th Cosponsors (52): Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen, Elijah Cummings, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brian Higgins, Katherine Clark, Jose Serrano, Frank Pallone, Hank Johnson, Earl Blumenauer, Yvette Clarke, John Garamendi, Barbara Lee,
Jan Schakowsky, Sheila Jackson Lee, Andre Carson, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby Rush, Mark Takano, James McGovern, Colleen Hanabusa, Jamie Raskin, Alcee Hasting, Salud Carbajal, Donald Payne, Ted Lieu, Susan Davis, Suzanne Bonamici, Frederica Wilson, Bobby
Scott, Sander Levin, Mike Quigley, Debbie Dingell,  Louise Slaughter, Ed Perlmutter, Eric Swalwell, Lisa Blunt Rochester, A. Donald McEachin, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Eliot Engel, Nanette Barragán, Jared Polis, Gwen Moore, Betty McCollum, Terri Sewell, Alan
Lowenthal, Jerrod Nadler, Donald Norcross, Peters, Lofgren, DeSaulnier, Capuano

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring the first bicameral legislation to allow young Americans to pre-register to vote in federal elections and to encourage their participation in the electoral process.  Research on the effects of pre-registration shows it is 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.  Unfortunately, too many young people do not participate in the electoral process.  In the last federal election cycle, the registration rate
for 18- to 24-year-olds was 20 percent lower than the national average for all other age groups.

More than 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 discovered strong evidence to support the positive impact pre-registration
has on turnout and civic engagement.  The same study showed 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 are introducing the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act on
February 28th. This bill 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 young Americans 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 and encourage lasting participation in elections.

For more information or if you would like to cosponsor, contact Sophia Khan with Rep. Beyer at
sophia.khan@mail.house.gov  or 202-225-4376.

 

Sincerely,

Don Beyer                                                                                   G. K. Butterfield

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