If You're Old Enough to Drive...
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Seventeen-year-olds can serve in the military, drive cars and hold down jobs. But until they turn 18, they ...
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Seventeen-year-olds can serve in the military, drive cars and hold down jobs. But until they turn 18, they cannot vote.
That could change in Illinois if state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has his way. Lang has proposed a state constitutional amendment to lower the voting age in Illinois to 17.
Lang's measure is just one of several across the country that would change the voting age, in some cases, to as low as 16, as the youth vote is getting serious attention in the presidential race.
Eleven states already permit 17-year-olds to vote in the primary if they are 18 by the general election. Iowa, Washington and now Illinois have pending proposals to take that a step further and lower the voting age eligibility for all elections.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
States May Downshift Regulations for Driverless Cars2 hours ago
Court: Ohio Illegally Removed Voters From Rolls8 hours ago
Kansas Governor Pulls Plug on Quarterly Economic Report8 hours ago
A National Model for Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline9 hours ago
Moody's Downgrades Chicago Schools Further Into Junk Status9 hours ago
When It Comes to Waste, San Francisco Isn't As Green As It Thinks9 hours ago