The Illinois House approved legislation on Wednesday that would lower the voting age for some teenagers. Chris Slaby has more.
The proposal would allow 17-year olds to vote in primary elections, as long as they’re 18 by the General Election in November.
Representative Jerry Costello (D-Smithton) pointed out that 17-year olds can serve in the military.
COSTELLO: “There are men and women who have given their lives for our country at 17. They deserve the right to vote.”
But Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says if military service is the justification for lowering the voting age ,
BOST: “How about we work with the U-S government and then make it to where if they join the military, they can?”
In the end, the House overwhelmingly approved the measure, 95-22.
It now heads to the Illinois Senate.