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Some Illinois 17-year-olds can cast primary votes after Jan. 1

<p>Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Sun-Times Media file photo

Thanks to a law that takes effect New Year’s Day, most 17-year-olds in Illinois will be able to vote in primary elections and select candidates ahead of the general election.

A law that permits 17-year-olds to participate in Illinois primary elections, as long as they will be 18 years old by the November general election, takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, according to a statement from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

The bill was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in July, making Illinois the 20th state to allow certain teenagers to vote, the statement reads.

Starting next week, a 17-year-old in Illinois will become eligible to register to vote for the March 18 primary election if their birthday is before the Nov. 4 general election.

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