Every State, Every Vote: Illinois Gov. Pritzker Makes Voting Easier for Students
Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker yesterday signed legislation allowing students to leave school to exercise their right to vote. The new law gives students permission to be absent from school for up to two hours to vote in any election, either on the day of or during early voting.
The idea for the legislation was brought forward by high school students as a way to increase civic engagement among younger voters.
Read more about how Gov. Pritzker is making it easier for young voters to vote below:
WEEK: Pritzker signs bill giving students excusal from school to vote
Students eligible to vote will now be able to do so during the school day without fear of repercussions.
Governor Pritzker signed a bill allowing students to be excused for two hours to vote in a primary, general, special or any election where propositions are submitted to a popular vote in the state, according to a release.
“With this new law, our voting-eligible young people will have the freedom to fit voting into their school day without fear of repercussion for engaging in the very civic education we should all be proud to encourage, he said. “The young people who advocated for this legislation recognized how important it is not only to vote, but to make the act of voting as accessible for all who can vote as possible.”
SB1970 takes effect June 1.