Amore: Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries Who Turn 18 by General or Special Election

Saturday, February 02, 2019


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Rep Greg Amore

Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) joined GoLocalProv News Editor Kate Nagle at the Rhode Island State House on GoLocal LIVE were he talked to reintroducing legislation (2019-H 5139) that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections as long as the individual will be 18 years old by the date of the general or special election.

“I have reintroduced this legislation due to my role as an educator, as I have witnessed first-hand the level of engagement and knowledge that politically active high school students can possess.  These students deserve to have their voices heard in the electoral process because it is their futures that will be affected by these elections,” said Amore. 

"This legislation is especially pertinent today with the country witnessing so many young people actively involving themselves in the political discussion regarding school safety and other important matters facing our state and country. I firmly believe that if a young adult will turn 18 years old by the time of a general election, they should be able to vote in the primary election, thereby participating in the entire election cycle,” said Representative Amore.

Amore noted during the interview that 22 other states allow for 17-year-olds to vote in a similar fashion - and that they’re split between “red and blue states.”


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