Truly amazing: Law allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote ends Friday

From the good people at Common Cause NC:

North Carolina kills pre-registration law as Colorado enacts its own.

As North Carolina repeals the law allowing 16 & 17 year olds to pre-register to vote, Colorado becomes the 9th state in the nation to adopt such a law.

Earlier this month, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the bill (H589) to end the pre-registration program, five days after Colorado’s new law went into effect.

“It’s a real mystery why the legislature and the Governor feel a program that enhanced high school civics education and allowed 16 & 17 year olds to pre-register to vote has to end,” said Bob Phillips, Common Cause North Carolina executive director.  

“The program was virtually cost free and helped young people understand the importance of voting. How can that possibly be a bad thing?”  

The pre-registration law was adopted in 2009 (H908) within a larger election bill that received over-whelming bi-partisan support, including yes votes from House Representative now Speaker Thom Tillis, and State Senator now Senate President Pro-tem, Phil Berger. As a result:

  • 160,000 teenagers were able to vote in 2012 because they pre-registered as 16 and 17 year olds,
  • about 30% were Republicans, 30% Democrats and 40% were unaffiliated,
  • most pre-registration come in when the teenagers go to the DMV to get their driver’s license; another group comes in through high school registration drives and civics class exercises.*

The pre-registration program is officially repealed as of September 1, 2013. Of all age groups in North Carolina, 18 to 24 year olds have the lowest voter-registration rate.  

*source Democracy North Carolina & NC State Board of Elections



  1. Jack

    August 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    This is just another step in resolving the voter fraud issue in NC. The more barriers put in place that keep people from voting the less voter fraud there will be. If you don’t understand this logic your just not trying or perhaps your degree is not sufficient.

  2. Charlene

    August 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm


    Have you really any idea of what you are saying? Voting fraud in NC is nearly non-existent. You are being spoon fed your talking points. Please look up the facts OK? For instance, here is a fact: There were 5, yes 5, possible (and that is possilbe) fraudulent votes in 2012. And that fact comes from a far right-wing website that has done everything possible to try and find fraud in NC voting.

    And, why would pre-registering 16 and 17 year olds lead to fraudulent voting?

  3. Frances Jenkins

    August 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Parents complained that undue pressure was placed on students to register Democrat.

  4. david esmay

    August 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Frances the troll lies through her teeth. I surprised she squealing blue point/blue print like a stuck pig. It’s all a liberal conspiracy isn’t it Frances?

  5. Frances Jenkins

    August 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I love David.

  6. david esmay

    August 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I love the fact “Frances” the legislative intern keeps doing the Maude Frickert schtick.

  7. Alan

    August 29, 2013 at 10:38 am


    It’s actually a pinko/commie/socialist/fascist conspiracy, the trolls that post here think it’s all one and the same thing.

    I wonder how many parents “complained”. Yet another made up “fact”, and no data to support it.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    August 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Not sure what is “amazing” about having people register when….you know….they are actually able to vote in the actual election they are going to vote in. Why else (other than for fraud purposes) would you register a 16 year old in September of 2013 when they will not be able to vote until 2015 at the earliest. This is just you guys doing the typical liberal chicken little hysteria that runs rampant here in NC now that you are not in power. I sleazly or dumplin or black had pushed this through you guys would be singing high praises and hosannahs till the cows came home.

  9. RJ

    August 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    LSD: You know who was gov when the pre-reg law came into effect, don’t you? Please edify yourself and then tell “us guys” why we would be singing the repeal’s praises.

    I don’t think you know what that word “logic” means. Should have had more government schooling.

  10. Alan aka Captain America

    August 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm


    I think LSD/Doogie is the product of an isolated home school project gone wrong, perhaps followed up with a ‘degree’ from Liberty. All those classes must have been hard:

    1. The science of the Ignorance of Liberalism, 101
    2. The argument against gravity as a scientific fact.
    3. How Ronald Reagan ended communism.
    4. How dinosaurs and humans coexisted.
    5. World History since time began, 6000 years ago.
    6. The proven devine intervention in GOP candidate selection, 101

    The list goes on…

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