Quinn signs legislation that allows 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

By WEEK Reporter

Quinn signs legislation that allows 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM CDT

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that gives 17-year-olds the ability to vote in primary elections.

“Our democracy is strongest when more voters raise their voices at the ballot box,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law will encourage young adults to take on their civic duties as soon as possible and make their voices heard in all Illinois elections.”

House Bill 226 allows a 17-year-old the ability to vote during a primary election if he or she will be 18-years-old on the date of the immediately following general election.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1.

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