New Law Allows Teenagers to Pre-register to Vote, Are Your Children Interested in Politics?
In January of 2010, a law allowing 16-year-olds in North Carolina to pre-register to vote took effect after being passed with bi-partisan support. Our state was one of six that adopted the bill, but is the only state that took it one step further, requiring election officials to hold drives in high schools during the month of September, a month Governor Bev Perdue has proclaimed Citizens Awareness Month.
Teenagers can register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they receive their license and many have chosen to participate. Wondering what political party future voters are aligning themselves with?
An analysis by Democracy N.C. reveals that 30 percent identify themselves as Republicans, 30 percent register as Democrats, and 1 percent say they are Libertarians. The remaining 39 percent choose to remain unaffiliated.
These young voters “are more independent and more inclined to evaluate candidates without relying on party labels,” Bob Hall of Democracy N.C. said.
As a result of the law, more than 60,000 teenagers are registered and eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, a number Hall says has the potential to decide the outcome of a race.
Are your children interested in the politics? Do you allow them to form their own opinions about their vote or do you impress your political views upon them?