A driver’s license at 16 … and voting at 17? It could happen for some Illinois teenagers, under a bill sent to the governor Wednesday. Seventeen-year-olds would be eligible to vote in a primary if they will turn 18 by the date of the general election.
“Those (winning candidates) will be the individuals who will be on the ballot in November,” said the sponsor, State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), fending off criticism that the bill demeans the importance of the primary. “I think this gives the (17-year-olds) that opportunity to make sure that the person they want to support – they have a right to vote for them in the primary.” Link said his own birthday was two days after a primary.
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H.B. 226 passed the Senate 43-9, and goes to the governor.