California Teens Are Preregistering to Vote – and Passing on Political Parties

First time voter Rocio Rodriguez points to her "I Voted" sticker after casting a ballot at a polling station in Cudahy on June 7, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

First time voter Rocio Rodriguez points to her "I Voted" sticker after casting a ballot at a polling station in Cudahy on June 7, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

California’s relatively new system in which 16- and 17-year-olds can preregister to vote has been used by 88,700 teenagers during its first months in existence, with most of them declining to identify as Republicans or Democrats.

The data released by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Thursday cover the first 18 months of a law designed to encourage teenagers to begin thinking about the voting process before they actually become eligible.

“It’s just picking up as time goes on,” Padilla said in an interview. “More and more young people are aware of it.”

An online signup system will automatically register them to vote on their 18th birthday as long as they’re a U.S. citizen and a California resident.

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