Several high school student leaders will gather at the state Capitol today to urge the governor to sign a bill that would allow 17-year-olds to preregister to vote.
Currently, some counties — including San Luis Obispo — allow 17-year-olds to submit voter registration forms in advance of their birthdays. That way, a student who turns 18 in the final days leading up to an election is still eligible to vote, even if the voter registration deadline has passed.
Assembly Bill 30 would make that practice uniform throughout the state.
Our take: Not only should 17-year-olds be allowed to preregister, they should be greeted with smiles and welcome mats when they walk through the door of the registrar’s office.
It’s inspiring to see young people so enthusiastic about voting, and we need to tap into that — especially when so many adults can’t be bothered to make it to the polls.
We urge the governor to sign the bill.