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NC voter "pre-registration" law draws national attention

A state law passed a few years ago that allows North Carolina high school students to "pre-register" to vote has attracted national attention.

While five other states allow teenagers to register starting at age 16, only North Carolina requires county elections officials to hold registration drives at high schools. This November will be the first presidential election since the law passed in 2009.

“We all know the national trend that voter participation with youth is pretty low, it’s pretty pathetic to be honest,” state Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham told Fox News.  “So I hope that this is a tool to say ‘participate in your government, be involved’ and let’s form good habits as citizens and be engaged and informed.”

A teacher at St. Stephens High School in Hicktory is quoted in the story touting an increase in participation because it's easier for students to register at school.


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