Youth preregistration campaign to be held at Mayo High School next week
(ABC 6 News) – Rochester Community Initiative, a youth-led youth advocacy community nonprofit, will be hosting a week-long youth preregistration campaign at Mayo High School next week.
The nonprofit said will be preregistering 16- and 17-year-olds to vote with the goal to get 400 preregistered by the end of the week. All one needs is to bring with them a drivers license or social security number to get preregistered.
“Voting is a fundamental right for all US citizens. In light of recent legislation, 16- and-17 year-olds now wield the right to exercise a pillar of what constitutes our democracy,” said Elena Meves, Head of Operations for Rochester Community Initiative. “It’s vital we bring light to this new development and allow for a space where youth can act on this fantastic opportunity. Thankfully, the preregistration process is unbelievably simple in the state of Minnesota. I always get asked, how can we make a difference? The truth is, we have the ability to be catalysts of change; this is the first step.”
In May, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the “Democracy for the People Act” which includes provisions for automatic voter registration and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote.
For more information on how to register to vote in Iowa, CLICK HERE or visit your local county auditor’s office.