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Gov Signs Bill Allowing 17 Year Olds To Vote

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:42:40 CDT
By: AP

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law that allows some 17-year-old Illinoisans to vote in primary elections. The measure says that if the teenager will be 18 by the general election, they can vote in the primary. Quinn says the idea is to allow more voters to get to the polls and hopes it will encourage young adults to take on civic duties. The law takes effect January 1. Democratic state Senator Terry Link is a sponsor. He says his birthday was once two days after a primary and he was disappointed he couldn't vote then. He hopes the law means there'll be more young voter participation.

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