Proposed legislation designed to increase the number of voters in California will be unveiled by Assemblyman Curren D. Price (D-Inglewood) at a news conference and student rally at Loyola Marymount University on March 18 at 12:15 p.m.
Price, who represents the 51st Assembly District including Westchester, Inglewood and Gardena, plans to introduce two bills, AB 30 and AB 106, which would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote for the first time in state history, and would allow new voters to submit registration in a variety of ways including at all Department of Motor Vehicles offices and when filing their state income tax returns.
Price said the goal of the legislation is to dramatically increase the number of voters statewide and encourage a new level of civic engagement by young people in California.
“In November 2008, we witnessed an extraordinary level of enthusiasm among young people who got engaged in the political process of choosing our national leader for the first time. We need to build on that excitement in California and make it easier for persons young or old to register to vote,” said Price. “Exercising one’s right to vote is critical to a vibrant democracy, yet voter registration among California’s youth remains at abysmally low levels.”
After the announcement there will be a question-and-answer session with Price and other community leaders.
“I think it will be a great opportunity for students to expand their civic involvement,” said Danny Gonzalez, an LMU senior political science major and the event’s student leader. “It will also be a chance for LMU students to meet their community and state leaders to work on a bi-partisan issue that will affect future generations.”