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Our political system rests on the participation of all Americans in our process of self-governance. That participation has been steadily declining in the last decade, as depressed voter turnout and decreasing youth involvement in politics have undermined the integrity of our democratic system.
That is why we, The Youth Democratic Policy Group, now ask the New York state senate and assembly to promote civic engagement in New York State. We ask the New York State Assembly Election Law Committee to report bill A7919, authorizing persons 16 years of age or older to register to vote, to the floor of the Assembly, and we further ask the State Assembly to pass a similar bill sponsored by State Senator Michael Gianaris in this 2017 legislative session.