Vote Early, Vote Often; Illinois Bill to Allow Underage Voting

Timothy Birdnow

"Vote early, vote often" has long been the Democrats motto, and in that vein the great state of Illinois has opened the doors to early - and likely fraudulent - voting.

According to the Belleville News Democrat:

"A new Illinois law permits 17-year-olds to register and vote in a primary election if they will be 18 by the general election in November. It took effect on Jan. 1, and both students went to register at the county clerks' offices on Jan. 2."

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So, Illinois is going to allow under-aged voters to interfere with a primary election.

I wonder how they are going to square this with the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution which states:

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Please note; it does not say that someone under the age of 18 is permitted to vote. It specifically states "who are 18 years of age or older". And the Constitution is what determines the law here, not a Democratic-controlled state legislature and governorship. The Left has been telling us for decades that we had to suck it up when Federal Law trumped state law, and they have paraded the Supremacy Clause every time we have argued for the Tenth Amendment, but now, in the interest of handing Democrats even more power, the states are trying to circumvent the Constitution and Federal election law.

But in modern America "fairness" seems to trump everything else. According to the article:

"It's only fair and just to give the teens who will vote for these candidates the right to help pick which candidates they will have the option to vote for," Chad said. "Government and politics ... will affect us throughout our entire lives, and affect us now in real and serious ways."

Cameron Stewart of Edwardsville registered to vote at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Mount Joy Baptist Church last month. The League of Women Voters and Edwardsville NAACP were holding a voter registration drive, focusing on the young people. Cameron will turn 18 on Oct. 9, just in time for the general election, and looks forward to voting for the first time in March."

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Teenagers are notoriously simplistic in their approach to politics, and with the aid of a leftist teacher's union will be apt to vote Democratic. Those pushing this bill know that.

Why stop at 17? For that matter, how will we know these kids ARE eligible to cast this vote? After all, we have been told that asking for an i.d. at the polls is tantamount to voter suppression. Clearly verifying that a child is 17 will not be permissible.

That is, of course, the whole point. This is another ACORN/OBama style voting scam.

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Comment by Gene on February 1, 2014 at 4:49pm

Isn't that something Eric Holder should be investigating?

Comment by John Bellaire on February 1, 2014 at 2:16pm

The younger the voter, the easier to indoctrinate. Those who may drop out of school, never have advanced education, never have good jobs, never own property, or be continually dependent on welfare, make perfect Democrat voters.

Comment by Gene on February 1, 2014 at 1:42pm

Is this kind of like a learners permit for driving, what about the adult supervision?

Comment by Kristin Fecteau on February 1, 2014 at 12:43pm
Actually it's more common than you think. In the United States, nineteen states permit 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections and caucuses if they will be 18 by election day. Because it only applies to state elections, 17-year-olds would not be able to vote in primaries and general elections for representatives, senators, and President of the United States even if the amendment passes the legislature and referendum. To pass, 60 percent of each house of the Illinois legislature would have to approve it, and it would then have to be approved over half of by voters in the November general election.

Currently, the Maine Green Independent Party, the state branch of the Green Party of the United States, calls for the lowering of the voting age to 17.

Youth suffrage appears to be gaining ground in Massachusetts; three of the four Democratic United States Senate candidates in 2010 supported lowering the voting age. In 2013, the City of Takoma Park, Maryland became the first place in the United States to lower its voting age to 16, for municipal elections and referendums.
Comment by Gene on February 1, 2014 at 12:16pm

Shouldn't there be a legal challenge to this by that strong Republican RINO Party in Illinois?

Comment by Phillipe Edward Violette on February 1, 2014 at 11:30am

"Now he vote Democrat". That is pretty good.

Comment by Janis Eisenstark on February 1, 2014 at 10:28am
The 18 year old vote certainly solved things
Comment by Brian Harrington on February 1, 2014 at 10:23am

I'm from Chicago.

My uncle voted Republican until the day he died.

Now he votes Democrat.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on February 1, 2014 at 10:03am

Are they backward?

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