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Pre-Registering Voters

There is an bill winding its way through the Colorado Legislature – HB1135 – that would allow for “pre-registration” of teens for voting. The idea is that these folks would already be registered to vote when they turn 18, thereby increasing the turnout in elections.

My main thought is that it isn’t really that hard to register to vote in Colorado. This isn’t one of those states where they passed new voting requirement laws. In fact, you can register by checking a box when you renew your drivers license when you turn 18. With so many voters out there being very uninformed, isn’t a minimal level of effort a reasonable barrier to entry for the most uninformed and un-involved members of society? Or am I missing something here?

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