17-Year-Olds Can Now Vote in Illinois Primary Elections
Legislation signed today by Governor Pat Quinn gives 17-year-olds the opportunity to now vote in primary elections if they are 18 years old by the general election date.
The decision was part of Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard. Illinois is now the largest state to empower all of it’s newest voters in primary elections to help grow a more active citizenship. The new law takes effect January 1st.