Pasadena teens are joining other young people across the state who are registering to vote early. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote now so they are ready as soon as they turn 18.
Bryce Weinberger and her friends started Future Voters Pasadena, a school club registering teens to vote during virtual registration drives.
“No matter how young, no matter how educated or experienced you are, it’s never too young to make change,” Weinberger said.
Pasadena High School students started the non-partisan club to galvanize civic participation for future elections. They are registering students at their school and around town.
Amelia Monsour wants her friends to know they can do more than just post their feelings on social media. They can make social change by voting.
“The sooner you get started the more likely it is that you’ll be a lifelong voter,” Monsour said. “So it’s really [about] how soon can we get to these people and get them excited about being part of the civic process so they are like ‘oh my gosh I can’t wait to turn 18 so I can vote and my voice can be heard.’”
Youths aged 16 and 17 can pre-register to vote on the California Secretary of State’s website.
Teens can’t vote until they turn 18, but they can serve as poll workers.