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Gov. Pritzker signs bill allowing students to vote during school hours

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(WSIL) -- A new Illinois law will allow students to be excused from school to vote.

Governor JB Pritzker signed the measure Wednesday.

It allows students to leave school for two hours to vote in a primary, general or special election. Students can be excused either during early voting or on the day of the election.

Under the legislation, the school may specify the hours in which students may be excused.

“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," said Governor Pritzker. “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.”

Senate Bill 1970 takes effect June 1.

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