Published : Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 5:33 AM
About 200 Pasadena-area students between 16 and 17 years old have been pre-registered to vote in the June 5 primary election as well as the General Election on November 8, through the efforts of the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area (LWV-PA) which is conducting a Youth Voter Registration Project.
The LWV-PA said about 35 of their volunteers conducted classroom and lunch-break presentations for students at Pasadena High School, Blair High School and Marshall High School in Pasadena, Duarte High School, Monrovia High School, Rose City High, Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles College.
Under California law, 16- and 17-year-old teens can pre-register online through the Secretary of State’s website or by visiting www.registertovote.ca.gov. After they’re pre-registered, their registration becomes active when they turn 18 years old.
Pre-registration does not change the voting age which is 18. Instead, it allows eligible youth to complete the online voter registration form, allowing them sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.
Early in April, California State Secretary Alex Padilla told CNN that up to 100,000 16- and 17-year-olds have pre-registered to vote in the Golden State since the voter pre-registration law was enacted in 2016 giving young people the opportunity to sign up to vote before they are eligible. This was a significant increase from about 90,000 who had pre-registered in March.
The LWV-PA presentations included such topics as youth civic engagement, fake news, a history of the League of Women Voters and the work they do, as well as the importance of voting.
League volunteers were supported by the East Los Angeles Foundation and Alumni Association, and the Pasadena, Monrovia and Duarte Unified School districts during the Voter Registration Project.
The local LWV chapter has also been conducting voter education drives, including candidate forums where people are able to hear from the candidates especially in the primary elections in June. Non-partisan in nature, these forums are intended for people to hear from the candidates on an equal footing, the LWV-PA said.
The organization also provides pro-and-con forms when propositions or issues are on the ballot during certain elections.
Margie Nichols, LWV-PA President, said they also conduct presentations to groups where they present both sides of each issue or proposition, part of the group’s voter education campaign.
For more information about the LWV-PA Voter Registration Project and other election-related activities, visit www.lwv-pa.org.