What to do about typically anemic voter turnout among young people? Two UC Berkeley law students are behind a proposal that would automatically register students to vote when they enroll for classes in any public college or university in California.
Berkeley Law third-year Cindy Dinh and first-year Paul Monge drafted the bill with its sponsor, Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco. He accepted their idea as part of “There Ought to Be a Law” a program, which allows people to submit plans to change or create laws.
Assembly Bill 2455 would apply to any student in the UC, CSU or community college system unless they opted out—making California the first state in the nation to automatically register students to vote through public higher education systems, according to Monge.
It would be similar to California’s new Motor Voter Law, which will automatically register people to vote when they apply for a license at the DMV.
Read the full story at California Magazine.