Young people interested in politics in Illinois may be able to vote at age 17, under a bill which has passed an Illinois House committee. The seventeen-year-olds would be eligible to vote in a primary if they turn eighteen in time for the general election.
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“On next year’s primary election date, nearly 50 percent of high school seniors will not be able to pick nominees, even though they’ll be eligible to pick the winners in November,” said Andy Conneen, a teacher at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, citing twenty states which have already passed the law he is supporting. HB 226 has passed the House Executive Committee.