SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s number: 7,867

Monday, Feb 24, 2014

* 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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


29 Comments
  1. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Good for those 7,867 young people. They will make our state stronger for participating.

    It would be interesting to see where most of those registrations came from and how are we doing on our outreach to young people throughout the state.


  2. - PublicServant - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    What’s the nearest polling place from the Quad in Urbana?


  3. - Mokenavince - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    That’s good news, now these kids may be able to show the rest of us a thing or two.

    At 17 I was a genius.


  4. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:01 pm:

    @Public Servant -

    Been several elections since I was a Chambana voter but I believe some of the U of I residence halls have their own polling places.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    Good on them. I don’t know what the eligible universe it, but that number strikes me as strong.


  6. - John B - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    I’m an avid CapFax reader and very proudly registered to vote on January 2, at 8:30am. As Treasurer of my high school’s Social Studies Club, I helped organize a voter registration-drive where twenty students became new voters.


  7. - RonOglesby - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    I like seeing participation of young folks. And I get in the regular election they will be 18… But this still just seems goofy to me.


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    Way to go, Johnny B!


  9. - YO - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Love it! Unfortunately my son will miss the 18 cutoff date by days. A shame. He’s plenty hopping mad about the financial turmoil caused to our family and his future by pension slashing.


  10. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    Public Servant, unless you’re Doogie Hauser, you’re already 18 before you get to the quad in Urbana. This is more of a boon for HS guys like John B above who I commend. This is good. Forming a habit of voting while still in HS is a good habit to form.


  11. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 2:15 pm:

    the last person youth followed was ron paul and his values.


  12. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    Funny thing about youth Anonymous 2:15, they get older. If they’ve already formed the habit of voting, they’ll provide key votes when it matters most. but you’re right, those 4 years under President Ron Paul were brutal.


  13. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 2:57 pm:

    @A guy:

    I was only 17 when I started college and a lot of my friends that went to high school were only 17 when they started college. We started school back in the day when you could start school as long as you turned 5 by December 1.


  14. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 3:00 pm:

    Illinois has the longest gap between primary and general, so we may have more 17-year-old voters than anyone.


  15. - Hon. John Fritchey - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    Happy to report that my daughter is one of those registered. She’s been coming to the polling place with me to vote since she was a baby and she’s pretty excited to be able to cast her own vote for me in a few weeks. As am I.


  16. - Susiejones - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    Congratulations, John B! we need more interested young people like you and the other 7,866 who signed up to vote next month. good for all of you!


  17. - Steve Downstate - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Cool development. We should be humbled when a 17-year-old is engaged enough with the issues and candidates to seek out the chance to participate in the primary. I did likewise as a 17-year-old who would be old enough by November 1984 to participate in Michigan’s winter primary. Haven’t missed a statewide primary or general election since, and I’ve made a point of taking my son to the polls with me the last several years. May we always have enthusiastic young voters among us!


  18. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 4:30 pm:

    Demoralized, another year at home with mom woulda done you some good. LOL-teasing. For the last 30 years, you’ve had to be 5 by September 1 to get in. The past few years it’s even earlier. One of the benefits of early student ed was determining it was better to wait a bit, especially for boys. I’m from a family with 4 teachers in it; 2 public, 2 parochial. It’s among the only things they agree on!


  19. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    Mr. Fritchey, Better make sure you occupy the voting stand next to her. Crazy things happen when new rights are afforded to the young. Better take her to breakfast before taking her to the early voting location! Good Luck John.


  20. - Timmeh - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 4:59 pm:

    =I like seeing participation of young folks. And I get in the regular election they will be 18… But this still just seems goofy to me.=

    Ron: The Supreme Court said a while back that restricting the African-American vote in primaries was as good as taking away their right to vote (particularly in cases where the general election isn’t going to be competitive). The primary is as much of the process as the general, so if they can vote in the general, they should get to vote in the primary.

    I think it makes sense. If you give youth a chance to vote when they’re younger and there’s more social pressure to vote (from teachers and other students), then that may translate into them voting more when they’re older. That’s good for the democracy.


  21. - Oh Come On! - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 5:57 pm:

    Voting due to social pressure seems too close to prohibited electioneering activities. No one ought to vote due to being pressured.


  22. - Just The Way It Is One - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 7:55 pm:

    I know some think that this law is progressive, but I just can’t agree with it. When you turn 18, you have as a young Adult in our Society earned the right to vote (among other things)– and not before then. But…it is what is now!


  23. - Just The Way It Is One - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 7:56 pm:

    That was MEANT to read above, “…it is what it is now!”


  24. - RonOglesby - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 9:39 pm:

    Timmeh

    Comparing 17 Year Olds to African Americans voting restrictions is a silly comparison… I wont even debate that with you.


  25. - Timmeh - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 12:15 am:

    I wasn’t debating anything. Simply saying that voting in the primary is as important of a right as voting in the general. Thus, if you’re able to vote in the general, you should be able to vote in the primary. Not saying that it was a tremendous injustice that 17 year olds couldn’t vote in the primary before.


  26. - RonOglesby - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 8:20 am:

    @timmeh

    oh, come on. Blacks were kept from voting in primaries in order to keep them from impacting the primary. It allowed whites to pick who the black could vote for yes. So yes primaries are important and keeping a voting group out of a primary based on race is unconstitutional…

    With that said, this is “feel” good. 17 YOs that will turn 18 by the general are not a “Voting block” that will change a primary. They were not disenfranchised by other groups keeping them from voting. Comparing the two is silly.


  27. - Frosty-The Snowman - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 8:34 am:

    An interesting poll would be to find out who those kids plan to vote for in the gubernatorial race. Are they kids of union members who were told to sign up and vote for Quinn? Or, are they independent minded kids who are excited about Rauner and his political message? It would be interesting to find out.


  28. - Logic not emotion - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 9:03 am:

    Off track topic; but…

    “Demoralized, another year at home with mom woulda done you some good. LOL-teasing. For the last 30 years, you’ve had to be 5 by September 1 to get in. The past few years it’s even earlier. One of the benefits of early student ed was determining it was better to wait a bit, especially for boys. I’m from a family with 4 teachers in it; 2 public, 2 parochial. It’s among the only things they agree on!”

    As an aside, I believe those Freakonomics guys did a study and it is apparently better to wait until those borderline kids are a year older. More mature when in class and generally bigger so better able to concentrate, less likely to get picked on, etc.


  29. - Logic not emotion - Tuesday, Feb 25, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    Back to topic: I have mixed thoughts about the 17 year olds voting in primary. Overall, I guess it is ok; but I’m definitely opposed if they try to codify that the deceased can vote (or have someone vote on their behalf)! ;-)


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* Mazel tov!
* Everybody wants to get into the act
* Another Day. Another Auction. Another $275 Million For Exelon
* First time for everything
* Question of the day
* 'Tis the season
* The question nobody's asking
* Today's number: $10.65 billion
* The cat herder
* The new normal: Lack of pressure, lack of talks
* Illinois Credit Unions – Actively engaged in the communities they serve
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Google is inching closer to a settlement with the Chinese government
        * Madfinger brings UNKILLED, new freemium zombie shooter
        * Runtastic’s Moment looks like a watch but is really an activity tracker
        * Android Pay gets an ETA: two weeks to go
        * ZTE shows off Axon Elite at IFA 2015, now ready for global market
        * ZTE Axon Elite hands-on: the international Axon (Video)
        * CAT S30 rugged Android phone unveiled in Berlin

        * Zangari adjusting to switch from mound to first
        * Zangari adjusting to switch from mound to first
        * Frankie Montas aces debut without best stuff
        * White Sox to open series vs. first-place Royals
        * White Sox rally to thwart Twins in finale
        * Jones wins Round 2 vs. Sano after escaping jam
        * Shark clamps down following slam to earn win

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2015
        August 2015
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget
        * Chicago's Northerly Island, formerly an airport, now a park
        * Judge tosses lawsuit against sperm bank over biracial child
        * EXCHANGE: State police officer of year living dream
        * Woman sentenced to prison for 2012 beating death of baby
        * DuSable Museum of African American History names new CEO
        * CTA reminds parents of 1st-day-of-school free rides program
        * Illinois officials to crack down on Labor Day drunk driving
        * Trooper: Colleague broke law in roadside strip search
        * Chicago mayor says he'll propose $500 million tax hike

        * State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget
        * Springfield officer named Air National Guard commander
        * Schaumburg teen's dental visit changes state law
        * State Rep. Lang seeks deal with Rauner on medical marijuana extension
        * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill
        * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
        * Override effort on union arbitration bill fails in House
        * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home
        * Union arbitration override fails in House
        * Illinois House Democrats seek to override Gov. Rauner on union arbitration

        * Why no-show Dunkin is a blow to Dems
        * State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget
        * Lurie Children's acquires first private pediatric doctors group
        * With cop killers at large, Chain O' Lakes sees a much more somber Labor Day
        * Flash crash trader's indictment shines light on strategy of spoofing


          * Northerly Island's nature preserve now open
          * DUI charges upgraded against Lisle's village clerk
          * Cops: Elderly woman with dementia missing from South Side
          * Blackhawks mum on whether Kane will be at preseason camp
          * Metra, Amtrak services disrupted due to accident on Northwest Side
          * Man dies 3 days after West Side shooting
          * Willowbrook attack victim: 'God has a purpose for me'
          * City to offer ticket, tax amnesty program
          * Girl, 14, missing from the city's Chatham neighborhood
          * More videos, DNA analyzed in Fox Lake manhunt


          * State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget
          * Springfield officer named Air National Guard commander
          * Schaumburg teen's dental visit changes state law
          * State Rep. Lang seeks deal with Rauner on medical marijuana extension
          * Our Opinion: Panhandling deserves a community response
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Ex-Schock aide says he saw red flags
          * Norbert Brauer: Trans Pacific Partnership a secretive, one-sided deal
          * George Will: The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act
          * Eugene Robinson: Digging a hole to build a wall
          * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill


          * Thunderstorm, flood advisories issued for Iroquois County
          * 17-year-old awaits sentencing for aggravated robbery
          * Tazewell County Board considers moving public commentary near the top of meeting agenda
          * Central Illinois Daily Life: Sept. 2015
          * Champaign man facing up to 120 years in prison for sex crimes
          * Updated: Concrete work will further delay Black Dog opening
          * Rollover accident near Rantoul seriously injures woman
          * Lack of sidewalks has Creve Coeur parents worried about schoolkids' safety
          * Tom's Mailbag, Sept. 4, 2015
          * Champaign man arrested on warrant, faces new gun, drug charges


          * Willowbrook stabbing suspect extradited to DuPage County
          * Plum Creek starts to examine options for fixing broken wells
          * Chicago cop won't be fired for Ferguson shooting comment
          * New videos, reward offered in fatal shooting of Fox Lake cop
          * Offensive explosion lifts Cubs over Arizona

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Durbin, Bost letter to HUD Secretary Castr......
          * Durbin, Bost urge HUD secretary to launch ......
          * Illinois justice-system programs awarded o......
          * Daley conspicuously absent at opening of N......
          * New arrivals: Connect Transit shows off ne......

          * How Will the Only Republican to Oppose De-......

          * Get property inspection information from IAR
          * Get municipal property inspection information
          * IAR office closed Monday for Labor Day holiday
          * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #67: The Cubs Have Issues!
          * Before you have that coffee. Before you leave the house. Do this.
          * Morning Minute: Thinking about buying a home? Tips to improve your credit score
          * Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now
          * Rahm’s moving lips.
          * Join NICAR for lunch forum Sept. 15 in Lombard
          * TCF Bank Robbed At Uptown Jewel On Saturday


          * Illinois awarded CDC funding to combat prescription drug overdose
          * Honoring Illinois' Fallen - United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, September 5, 2015 until Sunset, Monday, September 7, 2015.
          * Governor Announces Appointment
          * Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti Joins Acting Assistant Director Anna Hui in Celebration of Labor Day
          * Governor Rauner takes clemency action




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller