Voting

  • New Sims law makes voting accessible to Illinois students

    young voterCHICAGO—A plan to give students time off to vote was signed into law on Wednesday.

    State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) led efforts to pass legislation, which allows students to vote during school hours. This comes after push back from school administrators during a “March to the Polls.” Students from those schools rallied to pass the new law out of committee last year, and some were there to see it signed into law.

  • Belt supports law to allow students to vote during school hours

    belt 030619CENTREVILLE —A measure that gives students time off to vote during school hours was signed into law Wednesday with the support of State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville).

    “Every vote counts, which is why it is critical to make voting more accessible for students,” Belt said. “I hope this encourages our young people to vote and show them that their vote is just as important as the workers who receive time off to go to the ballot box.”

    Senate Bill 1970 amends the Election Code to allow students who are 18 or older to leave school for up to two hours to vote in a primary, general or any other election in the state that requires a popular vote.

    The measure allows schools to decide which hour students can be absent to vote. Schools must follow the same rules set for employers and employees. .

    The new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

  • Raoul, Cunningham seek to end state’s participation in ‘Crosscheck’ system

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  • Link pushes for suffrage at 17

    Link pushes for suffrage at 17SPRINGFIELD - Seventeen-year-olds throughout Illinois could see expanded voting rights because of legislation Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) is pushing through the Illinois Senate.

    House Bill 6167 would allow 17-year-olds throughout the state to vote in the consolidated primary election if they will be 18 by the consolidated election. This is an expansion of the law that allowed 17-year-olds to vote in the general primary election if they were 18 by the general election.