The Dec. 22 edition of The N&O included a Doonesbury comic which asked, “ ... why the GOP legislature banned pre-registration in high school. Don’t you want us to vote?”
North Carolina General Statute 163-82.4(d)(2) includes one of the questions on the N.C. voter registration application form. A registrant would be asked, “Will you be 18 years of age on or before election day?” Contrary to Doonesbury’s premise, the law allows high school students to pre-register if they will turn 18 years of age before election day. They can even vote in the primary at age 17! The entire premise of the cartoon is false.
State Rep. Paul Stam
The writer, a Republican who is the Speaker Pro Tem, represents N.C. District 37.