Summary: The Primary Voting at Age 17 Act allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the date of the general election.
Based upon New Mexico HB 157 (2013) and materials from FairVote
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act shall be called the “Primary Voting at Age 17 Act.”
SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE
(A) FINDINGS—The legislature finds that:
(B) PURPOSE—This law is enacted to encourage greater citizen participation in voting.
SECTION 3. PROHIBITION
After section XXX, the following new section XXX shall be inserted:
(A) 17-YEAR-OLD VOTING IN PRIMARY ELECTIONS—If a person who is seventeen years old will be a qualified elector on the day of the general election and registers to vote in accordance with the provisions of [CITE SECTION], for the purposes of the primary election that person shall be considered to be a voter and may vote in the primary election immediately preceding that general election.
(B) 17-YEAR OLD VOTING IN PARTY CAUCUSES—If a major political party chooses not to participate in the primary election process, it shall allow anyone who would otherwise be qualified to vote in that party’s primary to participate in the party’s selection procedure.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This law shall become effective on July 1, 20XX.