A national non-profit organization known as Vote 16 is trying to change the voting age for local elections to 16 years old in Illinois. (Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)
DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -
A national non-profit organization known as Vote 16 is trying to change the voting age for local elections to 16-years-old in Illinois.
According to the organization website, the goal is to increase the political participation in younger generations by allowing them to start earlier.
Perry County Clerk and Recorder, Josh Gross, says he could see teenagers becoming involved in the voting process if given the chance.
"If you get people out to vote and experience politics at a younger age, it does stick with them through their college years which is where we lose a lot of our voters," he said.
Although some southern Illinois residents don't seem to agree. Many adults we asked say they don't think teenagers are informed enough on political issues or are mature enough to understand the repercussions of voting.