Are you seventeen years old? Do you know someone who is? Learn how soon you can register to vote by checking Headcount’s handy 50-state spreadsheet that shows when young people can sign up.
Headcount is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in New York City that runs voter registration drives at concerts across America. Since 2004, it has registered almost half a million people to vote.
The survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School put the spotlight on voting rights when they repeatedly voiced a determination to vote in the fall, once they became eligible. Some are still seventeen years old, but will turn eighteen before November 6, 2018.
Headcount stepped up and compiled a graphic showing what the rules are in all 50 states with regard to coming of age and voting.
Some states allow pre-registration once you turn sixteen.
Other states allow people who will be eighteen come Election Day to register in the lead-up to your birthday. (Most specify ‘within six months’ of the would-be voter’s birthday.)
Still other states allow seventeen-year-olds who will be eighteen by November to vote in primaries.
Getting young Americans to come to the polls is a long-standing problem… or at least it was. Here’s hoping the students from MSD can convince their peers to change that, for good and forever. This information from Headcount should help make things easier.
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