Thousands of California teens have utilized voter pre-registration since the program began in 2016

Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 15:40:35-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Since voter pre-registration began in 2016, more than 500,000 California teens have taken advantage of the program, according to the California Secretary of State.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla shared the numbers on social media, tweeting:

Breakdown of historical voter registration by county by party:

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) February 6, 2020

Breakdown of historical voter registration by county by party:— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) February 6, 2020

Pre-registration does not change the voting age, which is 18. Instead, it allows eligible Californians ages 16 or 17 to complete the online voter registration form providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.

In order to pre-register, teens can visit California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.

When they turn 18 years old, the county elections office will mail a confirmation postcard the teen stating that their voter registration is now active. At the time of the next election, county elections officials will automatically mail election related materials to the teen's registered address.

The California Secretary of State’s online application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.