About the bill
Should teenagers be able to sign up to vote in advance of when they can actually vote?
Voter pre-registration is a process allowing people under age 18 to register to vote ahead of time, in some cases as young as 16, so that they’re automatically eligible to vote starting on their 18th birthday.
22 states currently allow some form of pre-registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They’re not all blue states either, with participants including Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
There is no national requirement.
What the bill does
The Next Generation Votes Act [H.R. 734] would permit all 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote before their 18th birthday nationwide.
The bill would not change the federal voting age of …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 3 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on January 23, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
11 Cosponsors (11 Democrats)
Jan 23, 2019
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Jan 28, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 576 (117th).
H.R. 734 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 734. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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