New law lets some 17-year-olds vote

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

BLOOMINGTON (AP) – Some teenagers in Illinois can now register to vote in the state’s March primary, even if they’re still 17 when they cast their first ballots.

A new law that went into effect on Wednesday lets 17-year-olds register to vote in the primary if they turn 18 before the general election in November.

Megan Wilson, a 17-year-old sophomore at Tri-Valley High School in Bloomington, will be able to vote for the first time during the March 18 primary.

She tells The Bloomington Pantagraph that she also plans to work as an election judge in McLean County after undergoing several hours of training.

“It’s a great way to get involved from the beginning,” she said.

She’ll also get $145 for the job.

In Cook County, Clerk David Orr says his office is planning a “Democracy Week” in early February to encourage high school students to register to vote.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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