Know the Law: New law lets 17 year-olds vote in primary elections

February 18, 2014 is the last day to register to vote before the upcoming primary election on March 18, 2014 for US citizens born on or before November 4, 1996

Illinois State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Belvidere) is reminding younger residents of a new law giving 17-year-olds the ability to vote in primary elections if they are 18 years old by the general election date (this year it is November 4). Sosnowski says he hopes young adults will take advantage of the new law by engaging in local, state, and national elections.

“Many 17 year olds may not know they are now eligible to register to vote and participate in the March 18 primary so long as they are 18 before the general election,” explains Sosnowski.  “Young adults not only have the ability to shape the future of their community through the power of voting, but they also have a lot at stake if they don’t. Major issues affecting this group like the cost of a higher education and the ability to find good paying jobs can be significantly impacted by elections and it is crucial for everyone to pay attention.”  Read the rest of the story.