Last week State Senator Sal DiDomenico joined Everett High School (EHS) student Cyara Lambert, other EHS students and the Everett Election Commission at their preregistration drive.
Senator DiDomenico was the original sponsor of legislation that aimed to close the voter participation gap between younger eligible voters and their older counterparts by allowing 16 and 17 year olds to preregister to vote. His bill was ultimately included in the 2014 Election Laws Reform Act signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. Sixteen and 17 year olds are now able to preregister to vote, after which they are placed in a pending status in the Central Voter Registry and appear on voter rolls when they turn 18. Last week’s voter registration drive at EHS was made possible by that landmark electoral reform bill.
“As legislators, we should do everything in our power to support our youth and provide them with the tools to become active participants in our democratic process, and I strongly believe that empowering our young adults begins with preregistration,” said DiDomenico. “I want to especially thank Everett High School student Cyara Lambert for organizing this important event, and congratulate everyone at Everett High School and the Everett Election Commission who helped to make the preregistration drive such a great success! It was very special for me to see so many of our young people showing up to preregister to vote so they can participate in the electoral process when they turn 18. Their enthusiasm and dedication is a testament to the importance of our legislation, and I was so pleased to have participated in last week’s event.”