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New legislation could lower voting age in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) -

Along with your eighteenth birthday comes the right to vote, but some Illinois teens could get that right even earlier.

New legislation would allow 17 year olds in Illinois to vote in a primary election if they will be 18 by the time the general election takes place. The bill has been approved by the Illinois Senate and is now headed to the desk of Governor Pat Quinn.

Nineteen other states currently allow 17 year olds to vote.

 

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