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Younger Voter Registration Age? Local Students Vote Yes

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Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- In the last presidential election, one out of every five voters was younger than 29.

Some local high school seniors are hoping to bring that number up next time, and they want to do that by lowering the age at which one can register to vote.

Being a high school senior can be busy, as Jake Bruckner and Shayn Dow know.

The two Omaha South students' days are packed with clubs, sports, and work.

Now, they have one more thing to squeeze onto their resumes.

Working with Nebraska State Senator, Amanda McGill, on a bill that would allow 16-year-olds to register to vote.

"Omaha South's community is a very youthful community," said Shayn. "So having us start and sponsor this bill is actually a huge opportunity because we can target the future voters."

Both said they hope to spark the 2,000 plus students into become interested in politics and local issues at a younger age.

"Get them to start thinking about the real world a little bit earlier, and come 18, when they are ready to vote, they will be able to make an educated decision," said Jake.

A decision, both want to eventually cross state lines. "There are a few other states that are doing this as well ,there aren't too many, but others could possible start," said Shayn.

The two, hoping, there won't be a split ballot when the bill comes to vote in February.

The bill (LB 127) will go to a committee during this session.

The committee will decide whether it should go to the full legislature for a vote.

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