Dems: Encouraging young voter participation

March 16, 2016

Many 17 year olds who will be 18 by the November election participated in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1. We want to encourage young Iowans to take a more active role in their government.


Under a bill approved by the Senate, in future years, Iowans who will turn 18 by the time of the general election can also vote in the primary. In addition, teens can register to vote at age 17. Current law allows for voter registration at age 17½. This change will reduce paperwork and conforms to the process for requesting an absentee ballot.


If SF 2142 becomes law, it will have no impact on this year’s primary elections.

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