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Illinois Law Allows Some 17-Year-Olds To Vote In Primaries

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that allows some 17-year-old Illinoisans to vote in primary elections.

The measure (HB226) 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 Jan 1.

Democratic state Sen. 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.

Quinn signed the bill at a school in the Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire.

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