Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Christine Fiedler
(ILLINOIS) The Illinois Senate passed a measure to Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the spring primary elections.
The catch is the 17-year-old would have to turn 18 by the November general election. The thinking behind this measure is the people who are voting in November should be the people who were given the chance to vote for the primary candidates.
Sen. Terry Link from Waukegan says these voters are "well-informed" and should have a say in who they vote for in November. On the other hand, Sen. dale Righter, from Mattoon, thinks the playing field should be kept level between the two elections because sometimes, in some places, the primaries decides who wins in November.
The 17-year-olds would be able to vote in person, with an absentee ballot, during early voting, or during a grace period.
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