Group wants to simplify teen voter registration

October 5, 2009 9:40:34 PM PDT
Supporters of a measure to pre-register 17-year-olds to vote say the current law is too confusing.

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The updated measure allowing all 17-year-olds to sign up early is on the governor's desk. Several other states already have such a law. Right now California teens must figure out if they will become 18 before or after the next election in order to sign up.

Opponents say if 17-year-olds cannot figure out when their birthday takes place they probably should not be voting. The measure passed in both the assembly and the senate earlier this year.

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