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Rock the Vote Signs Up for Beyer’s PROVE Act

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Washington, September 17, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments

Congressman Don Beyer today welcomed Rock the Vote’s support for his PROVE Act, which would allow sixteen year olds to pre-register to vote.

“America’s future depends on our young voters getting and staying engaged. This is their country and it is time we gave them the respect they deserve,” said Rep. Beyer. “Rock the Vote’s support is incredible. More than anyone, they know how powerful young Americans are when they let their voices be heard.”

Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States building the political power of young people. 

Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane said, “Our democracy is strongest when all eligible voters are empowered to participate. There is strong evidence that suggests allowing young people to preregister to vote can be an effective way to increase overall voter participation and encourage civic engagement. Rock the Vote supports policies that removes barriers and boosts participation, especially when it comes Millennials, the largest, most diverse population in our country's generation. We hope that allowing young Americans to preregister to vote in federal elections will be seriously considered.” 

Beyer introduced H.R. 3522, the PROVE Act, this week to standardize pre-registration of teenagers older than sixteen. These young Americans would automatically be added to the voting roles when they turned eighteen.

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