New law will allow Illinois students to miss school to vote – By Sophie Sherry (Chicago Tribune) / Jan 23 2020
Students in Illinois will no longer have to worry about potential repercussions of missing class in order to vote, starting with the November general election.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday that allows students to be excused from school for up to two hours to vote in primary, general and special elections or any election in which propositions are submitted to a popular vote, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The state’s primary election is March 17 but the law will take effect June 1.
Students may be excused on Election Day or any day that early voting is offered. Although, the law allows for schools to set specific hours when students may be excused.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker at Illinois State Capitol in Springfield in November. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)