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Originally published March 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Page modified March 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

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House OKs early voter registration starting at 16

The Washington state House has passed a measure allowing 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote when getting a driver's license.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The Washington state House has passed a measure allowing 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote when getting a driver's license.

Under the bill passed Thursday, those choosing to pre-register would become registered voters upon turning 18. Bill supporters said the measure would make it easier for young people to vote. Opponents called it a political stunt that would result in minors accidentally being mailed ballots.

The bill passed by a vote of 55-42, with one Republican joining a united Democratic caucus to vote in favor.

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