Skip to comments.Quinn signs law to let 17-year-olds vote in primaries (Illinois)
Posted on 07/07/2013 8:18:42 AM PDT by Libloather
Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today a measure that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in party primary elections if they turn 18 before or on the date of that years general election.
The Democratic governor signed the bill at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, where civic faculty and students pushed the legislation. Quinn said Illinois joins at least 20 states that set younger age limit for primary voters, citing a national voting advocacy group.
Sponsoring Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, said in a statement that the measure was only fair since 18-year-olds are already voting for candidates in the general election.
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What could go wrong?
Good Lord I hate this hell-hole of a state. I swear I'm dead and in purgatory for something I did while I was alive.... I can find no other rational reason for the crap that happens in this state.
I don’t understand laws. How can one person in that capacity
make such a law that will effect the whole country because of the outcome of elections? Can’t something be done to squelch it?
I can see where 0bama might get away with making millions of illegals ‘citizens’ just for votes, but this guy deciding this is a bit much.
This in a state where you’re lucky if the 17-year-olds can read.
Vote fraud must be getting tougher for Illinois Dems.
It was better when the age to vote was 21. Few US young people age 17-21 are interested in the ins and outs of politics, the economy or realize that wishes acted on sometimes have unfortunate consequences.
The young are impressionable consumers who think daddy will cover their debts, follow trends however silly, they are self-centered and only offer sympathy if it gains them status or rewards. Their education has omitted most of the history about what the constitution and freedom means. The military is about the only finishing school that offers them the necessary values and truths of America.
“This in a state where youre lucky if the 17-year-olds can read”
Not a problem, all candidates with a “D” next to them will be pre-cast. Nothing more to be done than drop it in the Ballet Box, and an escort will be available for the ones so dumb they can’t find the box.
Except of course for those 17 year olds who are home schooled.
So he wants to influence candidates that are up for primary eh? What could go wrong with bus loads of impressionable 17 year-olds being brought in to screw with the GOP.
Not to worry. I'm sure the right people will instruct them when voting, "look for the 'D'; it means 'free'".
In Ohio 17 year olds who will be 18 by the next general election are allowed to vote for candidates only (not on issues). This makes sense, considering that they will be able to vote for the candidates who win the primary, so they should have a voice in choosing candidates in the primary.
How will they prove they are 17? Photo ID? That can’t be fair. Disenfranchised voters and all.
In Michigan you can register to vote in the primary at 17 but only if you’re going to be 18 by primary day.
Look at the census breakdowns and tease out the 17 year olds and one will determine how many voters the Democrats added in Illinois.
Response: Why stop at 17. Are not three year olds already voting in elections?
They are always angling to game the election system.
Perhaps is is occurring to older voters (say, 18 and up) that Democrat governance inevitably leads to economic pain and suffering. .
At the age of 69, I've lost all interest in participating in the fraud we call "elections."
This is about the only case where I believe a new Federal law should intervene. Voters must be age 21 with state-issued photo ID.