Important information for folks who are going to register voters and for those who are actively registering 17 year olds.
Here’s an information download which explains what LOOKS like conflicting info (but it’s not really “conflicting”) on the state election board web site and the registration form regarding teens registering to vote.
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On the web site:
If you will become 18 during the 60 days before an election, you may apply for voter registration between 25 and 60 days before the election.
On the registration form:
I swear or affirm that: – I am 18 years old or older, or I will be 18 on or before the date of the NEXT ELECTION (emphasis added).
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If there is an election of any sort between the time the 60 day window opens prior to the election in which a teenager will first be eligible to vote as an 18 year old, whether the teen MAY register at that time depends on if he/she would be impacted by the intervening election
– by virtue of what is on the ballot in the intervening election
– by virtue of the part affiliation (or default Independent by not choosing affiliation
For example: If a teen will be 18 years old by the date of the GENERAL election, and if there is a RUN-OFF election between the beginning of the 60 day window and the GENERAL, then one must evaluate the following:
– if there is only a run-off for the REPUBLICANS,
– the teen registered as a Democrat or (by default) an Independent
then the run-off election DOES NOT affect the teen and she/he may register to vote within that 60 days before an election window.
HOWEVER, if in the above example, the teen intends to register as a Republican, and will not be 18 in time for the run-off, she/he will get a rejection notice and will need to re-register after the run-off (and, of course, before the registration deadline 24 days before the General).
Because every election cycle is going to have it’s own dynamics, it’s difficult to explain the nuance on a web page, but it’s information we all need to know when we’re registering 17-year-olds.
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All that being said, here are specific dates for the remaining 2018 elections. (Edited to correct that I read my June dates backward), all the 60-day windows for the remaining elections open AFTER the prior election, so we shouldn’t have problems this year.
When we have a busy election calendar, we would have to pay attention to municipal, school board, etc. elections, and since they are non-partisan, I’m fairly certain those would “affect the teen” and would have to be taken into consideration.