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Cook County Aims to Sign Up 17-Year-Old Voters

A voter registration drive next month will include registering 17 year olds who will be 18 by the November 2014 general election.

A new law that took effect on Jan. 1 will allow most 17-year-old Illinois residents to register and vote in a primary election and Cook County is planning efforts to sign those teens up to vote, according to the Daily Herald.

The Cook County Clerk's office will be working with more than 80 suburban Cook County high schools as well as Chicago Public Schools to set up voter registration drives as part of a countywide "Democracy Week" from Feb. 3-7, according to the article.

Those eligible to vote must be 17 years old and must be 18 years old by the November general election, according to NBC Chicago. Teens can begin registering to vote on Jan. 1 and must be registered by Feb. 18 to vote in the March 18 primary, according to the article.

Read more on the Daily Herald.

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