As Americans head to the polls in 2014, states such as Illinois are fertile ground in the effort to register scores of new voters. A recent change in the Illinois Election Code has opened the door for a wave of first time voters. "As of January 1, 2014, any 17 year old citizen who will turn 18 by November 4, 2014 General Election is eligible to register and vote in the March 18, 2014 primary." Please see statement below:
Cook County Clerk David Orr
69 W. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602
Dear Cook County Deputy Registrars,
As you may know, beginning on January 1, 2014, any 17-year-old citizen who will turn 18 by the November 4, 2014 General Election is eligible to register and vote in the March 18, 2014 Primary.
This is a significant change to the Illinois Election Code which will open the door for a wave of first time voters. We hope that these young voters will seize the opportunity and cast their ballots in the March primary.
As you carry out your registration efforts these new voters should be registered just as any other voter would be. You can learn more about the new law by visiting the Voting at Age 17 link at cookcountyclerk.com. If you have questions, please contact Mark Mesle at 312.603.0988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an inactive deputy registrar and would like to be reactivated, you can update your status by filling out a new Deputy Registrar Oath. Contact Jonathan Williams at 312.603.0987 or email@example.com for more information.
Thank you for your continued commitment to civic engagement.
David Orr Noah Praetz
Cook County Clerk Director of Elections