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Local officials react to new Illinois voting age


Several county clerks in Illinois are questioning a proposal to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries.

As we first told you Wednesday night, lawmakers have sent the Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, a bill to allow anyone who will be 18 by the November election to vote in the primary.

Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm has some doubts about that idea.

She says for one reason, it goes against the U.S. Constitution which sets the voting age at 18.

Volm also says if the proposed law only lets 17 year olds vote in local and state elections, ballots would have to split.

"We will be generating two sets of ballots which is expensive. One for those that are 17 so they can vote for everything but federal, and then one for everybody else who will be allowed to vote on everything," said Volm.

Governor Quinn still needs to sign off on the legislation.

But 19 other states already allow 17-year-old to vote in primaries.

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