* Illinois recently became one of 20 states which allow 17 year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the general election. The AP follows up…
Illinois election officials say nearly 8,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in the March primary.
Under a new law, teenagers who will be 18 by the time of the November election may cast a ballot in the spring primary.
Rupert Borgsmiller is director of the Illinois State Board of Elections. He said Friday that 7,867 registrations came in from eligible 17-year-olds.