A proposed California bill would lower the voting pre-registration age to 16.

The bill would not lower the voting age, but instead allow teens to register so when they are 18 they would be eligible.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who introduced the bill, said by lowering the age to when teens typically get their driver's license or permit, it will be easy for them also to register and become lifelong voters.

"I believe that if they are asked to pre-register right around the same time that they are taking their civics classes in high school, it will give them a buy-in to the process," Jackson said.  "I think they'll become more interested and they will become voters."

As it stands, nearly one-quarter of all Californians who are eligible to vote are not registered to vote.

The number is even lower for young voters, with only half of eligible voters registered.