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Aug 5, 2013 11:11 AM by Eugene Daniels

Colorado teens to pre-register to vote

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Colorado teenagers who are 16 and 17 years old will be allowed to pre-register to vote in future elections beginning Wednesday.

Teen pre-registration is available in several states. In Colorado, it was approved by the Democratic-led Legislature this year, and the law takes effect Wednesday. Teens who pre-register can't vote until they're 18, but signing up early allows political parties to start reaching out to teens ahead of their eligibility.

According to the Longmont Times-Call (http://tinyurl.com/k93vm5e ), supporters say the new law is a way to get young people invested in the democratic process. Hawaii, Florida and Texas are among the states that allow underage pre-registration.

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