SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) has been signed into law that will allow 17-year-olds, who will turn 18 in the year of the general election, to register and vote in the primary election.  

“My own birthday was two days after a primary, and I was disappointed I could not vote for the candidate I supported,” said Link. “I believe this gives 17-year-olds the opportunity to vote in the primary and possibly result in more voter participation.”

The U.S. Constitution says that if a state has a compelling interest in setting the voting age, the state policymakers can lower the age if it is determined to be in the state’s best interest.  

In addition to Illinois, 10 states allow 17-year olds to vote in the primary as long as they will be 18 at the following general election.

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