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house Bill H.R. 653

Getting Students Involved in the Electoral Process — Even Before They are Old Enough to Vote

Argument in favor

The country as a whole will benefit from having young voters who are more engaged and informed about the voting process. It wouldn't hurt our bleak voter turnout rates either.

Argument opposed

Without a clear estimate of how much it would cost to implement these programs, and how effective the programs would be at the local level, this bill could be a big waste of taxpayer dollars.

bill Progress

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    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 653?

 This bill would fund pilot programs that offer resources and information about registering to vote to high school seniors. This would be implemented at the local and state level with help and funding from the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Local educational agencies would also have to work with state election officials to make the programs a reality for students.


High school seniors, their local education institutions, and local voting communities.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 653

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information


Congressman Al Green (D-TX) Press Release

Bill Text (4 Pages)

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Students Voicing Opinions in Today's Elections (VOTE) Act

Official Title

To direct the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program under which the Commission shall provide funds to local educational agencies for initiatives to provide voter registration information to secondary school students in the 12th grade.

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