17-year-old students register to vote in party primaries in Ill.

02/2/2014 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

More than 300 students at New Trier High School in Illinois plan to participate in "Suffrage at 17," a state law that allows 17-year-olds to vote in the March 18 party primary election. More than 80 of Cook County's suburban high schools are expected to participate in Democracy Week this week, which will feature voter registration drives. "It's a great idea and logical that if teens are eligible to vote in the general election, it makes sense they should also have some choice about the candidates who are running, which is decided in the primary election," said Kerry Hall, a New Trier history and political science teacher.

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