BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (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 if they turn 18 before the general election in November.

The primary will be held March 18.

Megan Wilson is a 17-year-old sophomore at Tri-Valley High School in Bloomington. She tells The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that she’ll cast her first vote in March and plans to work as an election judge in McLean County.

Wilson says “it’s a great way to get involved.”

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.

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