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On November 1, pre-registration open to citizens at age 17.5

Darla Shelden Story by on October 27, 2019 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud (left) and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole.  Photos provided.

Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud (left) and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole. Photos provided.

 

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Oklahoma citizens will be able to pre-register to vote when they turn 17.5 years old thanks to a new law going into effect on November 1. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, authored Senate Bill 496 this past session to make it easier for young voters to remember to get registered to vote before they turn 18.

“Voting is one of our greatest freedoms, and that first time to vote is such a memorable experience.

Unfortunately, many forget that they have to register 60 days before the election and end up not being able to vote until the following year,” Sen. Smalley said. “Hopefully, by using age rather than a specific time period, it’ll be easier for people to remember to get registered to vote and we’ll see more of Oklahoma’s youth getting involved in the voting process.”

Currently, a 17-year-old can pre-register to vote 60 days before an election if their  Eighteenth Birthday is on or before election day. The new law will allow citizens to pre-register when they turn 17.5 regardless of when the election occurs as long as they will turn 18 on or before election day.

“We hope this bill will encourage more young people to do their civic duty and elect candidates to represent their interests at the local, state and national level,” said Rep. Taylor, R-Seminole.

S.B. 496 is among more than 300 new laws set to go into effect on November 1.

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