New Bill Would Allow 17 Year Olds to Vote in Primaries in NJ


Testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of the "New Voter Empowerment Act" on Monday, March 23, 2016.

The "New Voter Empowerment Act" cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support on Monday, May 23, 2016, and I am happy to share that it will be voted upon at the next session of the General Assembly this upcoming Thursday, May 26, 2016.  I am optimistic that my fellow Assembly Members will agree that this bill will encourage young people to fully exercise their democratic right, and create more life-long voters.


Legislation that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections was advanced by a New Jersey Assembly committee on Monday.

The “New Voter Empowerment Act” bill " (A-3591) would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 on or before the next general election. “Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference,” said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. “Barring voters who will be able to participate in a general election from taking part in the primary beforehand unjustifiably dampers that enthusiasm. We can’t have two categories of voters in our state.  If you can vote in a general election, you should be eligible to vote in the primary." 

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