North Carolina Allows 16 & 17 -Year-Olds To Register To Vote
Just at the end of the legislative session, North Carolina that will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. This will facilitate youth registration at two highly convenient locations – in school and at the motor vehicles department when applying for a driver's license. Currently, the majority of voters register when conducting business at motor vehicle departments, and this change will extend that option to younger people as well. In doing so, it will provide young citizens with a proactive mindset toward voter registration and driver education. This rite of passage will link, in young people's minds, getting a driver's license with registering to vote (http://www.progressivestates.org/node/23412).
The Governor's Proclamation
Governor Perdue has proclaimed September 2010 as "Citizens Voter Registration Awareness Month" in North Carolina. During this month, county boards of elections, in conjunction with local school districts, will conduct voter registration and pre-registration drives at public high schools throughout the state. Participation in this statewide effort is mandated by GS 163-82.25.
NCDPI Social Studies Gearing Up To Spread The Word
To support North Carolina’s exciting new legislation allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Social Studies Section is working with the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, Kids Voting, classroom teachers, and district and school administrators to provide professional development opportunities and to develop resources and support materials that provide a direct correlation of the real world voter registration process with the standard courses of study for 8th North Carolina History and Civics and Economics.