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File #: 180474    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/20/2018 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/25/2018
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution directing the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of State legislation to provide for voting pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds; for the acceptance of a mobile-compatible electronic voter identification system; and for universal voter registration.
Sponsors: ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. COGGS, ALD. MURPHY, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. LEWIS
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
10/4/20180 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
9/25/20180 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTED

Minutes note: Alds. Coggs, Murphy, Rainey, Stamper, Lewis moved to be added as sponsors. There were no objections.
Pass14:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
9/17/20180 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION

Minutes note: Appearing: Ald. Johnson - Sponsor Brend Wood - CC CC Neil Albrecht - ELection Commission Director
Pass4:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/20180 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available

Number

180474

Version

ORIGINAL

Reference

160538 

Sponsor

ALD. JOHNSON, COOGS, MURPHY, RAINEY, STAMPER, LEWIS

Title

Resolution directing the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of State legislation to provide for voting pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds; for the acceptance of a mobile-compatible electronic voter identification system; and for universal voter registration.

Analysis

This resolution directs the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of State legislation to provide for:

 

1.                     Voting pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds.

2.                     The acceptance of a mobile-compatible electronic voter identification system.

3.                     Universal voter registration.

Body

 

Whereas, Young voters consistently have the lowest election turnout rates of any age group; and

 

Whereas, Many young eligible voters are not registered to vote; and

 

Whereas, Voting advocacy organizations recommend voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, automatically adding them to voting rolls so they will be ready to vote at the time of their first election; and

 

Whereas, Several states, including California, Colorado, Louisiana, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. have adopted voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds; and

 

Whereas, Evidence collected from these states suggests pre-registration has limited to no fiscal impact but has a direct impact on voter registration rates and participation when implemented effectively; and

 

Whereas, Academic studies and electoral analyses show that voting behavior is habit-forming; people who vote continue voting, while those who do not vote typically do not start voting, accordingly, voter registration boosts civic engagement, particularly among the state’s youngest citizens; and

 

Whereas, The impact of pre-registration is similar for young Democrats and young Republicans; and

 

Whereas, In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded a grant to support the development of digital driver’s license technology; and

 

Whereas, Several states are developing, testing, or considering digital driver’s licenses, which can be downloaded on a cellular telephone application, and several other states have launched pilot programs in preparation for a full-scale launch of the application; and

 

Whereas, 86% of people ages 18 to 29 own smart phones; and

 

Whereas, The convenience of carrying such digital identification may facilitate the ease of voting if digital identification were allowed as an acceptable form of identification at voting polls; and

 

Whereas, Allowing an additional access point for voters may increase voter participation; and

 

Whereas, Automatic voter registration can further increase voter turnout; and

 

Whereas, Twelve states and the District of Columbia have already approved automatic voter registration, and 20 states have introduced automatic registration proposals in 2018; and

 

Whereas, With automatic voter registration, eligible citizens who interact with government agencies, such as obtaining a driver’s license, are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated unless they decline, and agencies transfer voter registration information electronically to election officials; and

 

Whereas, This policy boosts registration rates, cleans up the rolls, makes voting more convenient, and reduces the potential for voter fraud, all while lowering costs; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Department of Administration - Intergovernmental Relations Division is directed to seek introduction and passage of State legislation to provide for:

 

1.                     Voting pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds;

2.                     The acceptance of a mobile-compatible electronic voter identification system; and

3.                     Universal voter registration; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That File Number 160538 is amended by inserting the following item in the document attached to the file and identified as “2017-18 State Legislative Package Proposals”:

 

 

Racial, Social, and Economic Equity

Election Commission  

Seek passage of state legislation to provide for voting pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds.

Racial, Social, and Economic Equity

Election Commission  

Seek passage of state legislation to provide for the acceptance of a mobile-compatible electronic voter identification system.

Racial, Social, and Economic Equity

Election Commission  

Seek passage of state legislation to provide for universal voter registration

 .

 

Requestor

 

Drafter

LRB171516-1

Tea Norfolk

6/19/2018