New Illinois law excuses students from class so they can go vote

Jan 23, 2020 by

The law goes in effect June 1, making November’s general election the first in which students will be allowed to miss class to head to the polls.

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By Nader Issa –

Illinois students don’t have to play hookie or worry about rushing to the polls after school anymore thanks to a new law that allows students to be excused from class to cast their ballots.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation this week giving Illinois students two hours away from school to vote in a primary, general, special or any other public election.

“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,” Pritzker said in a statement. “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.”

The law came to pass after students from Thornton Fractional North High School and Thornton Fractional South High School in the south suburbs took the idea to state Sen. Elgie Sims, who co-sponsored the bill with state Rep. Nick Smith.

“The advocacy of the students in my district convinced me I had to sponsor this legislation, and their passion helped get it over the finish line,” Sims said in a news release. “Hopefully, this new law will excite Illinois students and encourage them to take their civic duty as voters seriously.”

Source: New Illinois law excuses students from class so they can go vote – Chicago Sun-Times

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