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Pre-registration program ends for teen voters

Posted August 30, 2013

Teens who are 16 and 17 years old will no longer be able to pre-register to vote. Due to the recently passed election reform bill, the pre-registration program is coming to an end Friday.

Since 2010, more than 160,000 North Carolina 16 and 17 year olds have pre-registered to vote.

Raleigh Charter High School teacher Melanie Winter spent the last two days reviewing the implications of the new state law with students in her civics and economics classes.

According to Winter, many of her students had questions about this new law. They didn’t understand why lawmakers would be discouraging a group of voters who have a low turnout anyway.
 

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  • Krimson Sep 4, 2013

    Cushion: "troublemaker"

    You said absolutely nothing about the topic at hand, reminisced about your troubles in HS 40 years ago, and opined that "pre-law" and history should not be taught b/c of your isolated experiences...

    "troublemaker" indeed...

  • junkmail5 Sep 3, 2013

    just tell me, if you turn 18 a day or two before the election, but the gop won't let you 1) pre-register, and 2)register the day of, then just how are you supposed to vote? sounds to me as though they wish to deprive young citizens the right to vote!
    sixnitepkg

    and that will be the basis of one of the many lawsuits that will get this election law overturned.

    Not that it'll be before the state has wasted millions defending their illegal law in court mind you, and held on to it as long as possible so as to disenfranchise as many that might vote against them as possible.

  • cushioncritter Sep 3, 2013

    At age 16-17, any student not regurgitating leftist dogma will either be making low grades, being expelled, or be forcibly medicated (Ritalin, etc.), as a "troublemaker". This is nothing new, in 1974 my leftist history teacher asked me whether she was going to teach the class or I was due to our conflicting opinions.

    We need to defund this side of education, basically defund the "pre-law" track.

  • Krimson Sep 3, 2013

    Looks like even our resident RWers won't defend this one...

  • jackjones2nc Sep 1, 2013

    It's very good for 16 & 17 year olds to experience that Republicans seek to disenfranchise them from voting.

  • hp277 Aug 31, 2013

    This is all part of Republicans' ongoing effort to shrink the electorate, rather than changing their message to appeal to young voters.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Aug 30, 2013

    I'd like to know how many of those that did register as a 16-17 yr old, still lived at the same address in which they registered (a lot move away, change their address within the same county or go to college in another county/state and were encouraged to register/vote there).

  • sixnitepkg Aug 30, 2013

    just tell me, if you turn 18 a day or two before the election, but the gop won't let you 1) pre-register, and 2)register the day of, then just how are you supposed to vote? sounds to me as though they wish to deprive young citizens the right to vote!

  • Krimson Aug 30, 2013

    Pirate01 says this is a lie perpetuated by Liberals... If only that were true and this wasn't a real attempt to disenfranchise Americans by the GOP...

  • Krimson Aug 30, 2013

    "They didn’t understand why lawmakers would be discouraging a group of voters..."

    I'm sure they would understand, once they see that the GOP is just trying to game the system and doesn't at all care about their Rights...