YOUTH AND THE VOTE

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Illinois

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VOTER TURNOUT 18-29
18.70% 48.20% 34.60% 55.10% 33.40% Frey*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-19
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REGISTRATION RATE 18-24
37.50% 60.30% 44.30% 58.50% 47.80% Census*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-24
13.80% 45.30% 28.30% 51.40% 22.80% Census*

ILLINOIS

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22.80%

YOUTH TURNOUT

Ages 18-24 (Census)

ILLINOIS YOUTH VOTE

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TOP STRATEGIES/INITIATIVES TO INCREASE REGISTRATION & TURNOUT

Statewide Policies and Resources

High school Initiatives

  • Illinois legislature requires that every high school provide a one page information sheet on voter registration to their students.
  • Cook County Clerk’s office operates a high school program which enlists students as paid judges and as deputy registrars on Election Day as well as encouraging student registration.  

College and University initiatives

Other Factors and Initiatives

  • Illinois Ballotpedia hub.
  • In response to pandemic, Illinois enacted legislation to ensure that “. . . all eligible residents can wield their right to vote in  a way that doesn’t risk their personal health”— making Election Day a holiday, closing schools except as polling places, expanding vote by mail, and voting hours.
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