COTHAM, BURR ENCOURAGE PREREGISTRATION FOR YOUNG VOTERS
The Two Youngest Legislators in the House support a bill would provide preregistration for 16- and 17-year-old voters
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Rep. Tricia Cotham and Rep. Justin Burr, the two youngest members of the North -Carolina General Assembly, are sponsoring a bill that allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote and would require instruction on voter registration and preregistration in the social studies curriculum.
House Bill 1260 would also encourage local boards of education to adopt policies promoting student voter registration and preregistration.
“I think it is important to engage young people and encourage them to participate in their government,” Rep. Cotham said. “This makes it easier.”
Other sponsors of the bill are Rep. Angela Bryant and Rep. Pearl Burris-Floyd.
If the bill becomes law, it would not change the voting age, rather it would encourage young people to begin preparing for citizenship.
In her presentation to the Committee on Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform today, Rep. Cotham stated that “we have a chronic problem with low participation among young people in North Carolina, and this is a practical way to address that problem”.
Rep. Cotham is a school administrator and teacher in her second term representing District 100. She is chair of the Education Subcommittee on Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary Education and vice chair of the Education and Juvenile Justice committees.
Rep. Burr is a bail bondsman and is in his first term representing District 67. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on State Government and State Personnel.