The current education system sends students into the world with the expectation that they know how to register and vote under New York State's restrictive laws and deadlines. This leaves students unprepared for participation in democracy, and disenfranchises populations of young people all over the state.
It doesn't have to be this way.
For this reason, YPPG proudly supports the Young Voter Act (A2800 and A3339-A/S2272-A and S2273-A). We believe young people are responsible enough to vote in state and municipal elections at 16. 16-year-olds are allowed to get married, get divorced, drive a car, drive a boat, and are taxed like adults. It is only right that they have the opportunity to vote like adults.
The Young Voter Act would also implement at least eight full periods of civics education to the New York State high school curriculum. Not only will the bill allow more people to vote, it will create a generation of knowledgeable citizens who understand the system in which they participate.
Finally, the Young Voter Act allows students to register to vote within their high schools through an opt-out system. The three level approach of educating students in civics, registering them to vote, and allowing 16-year-olds to vote in local elections would prepare young people for a lifetime career of voting. Thousands of New Yorkers have signed our petition urging the legislature to take action on this bill, and we hope you will too!