Washington State 'Making Voting Work' for 18 Year-Olds

Oct 28, 2009

New research in Washington state shows that potential voters who received a mailing from the Washington Office of the Secretary of State as their 18th birthday approached that included information on voter registration were as much as 10 percent more likely to register than those who did not.

Furthermore, those who registered did so when they became eligible, rather than waiting until closer to the registration deadline. However, these increases came at a cost—the state spent approximately $6 per registration received as a result of the effort—and 43 percent of 18 year-olds who were sent a registration form pre-filled with their information and return postage paid by the state remained unregistered and unable to vote in 2008.

Pew Issue Brief: Washington State's "Making Voting Work for 18 Year-Olds" Experiment 

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