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Some 17-Year-Olds Take Advantage Of New Voting Law

A 17-year-old student votes Tuesday in the March primary at Gage Park High School. (CBS)

A 17-year-old student votes Tuesday in the March primary at Gage Park High School. (CBS)

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(CBS) – Some adults take their right to vote for granted — or don’t even bother. For one group of 17-year-olds, it was a different story Tuesday.

Giggles of excitement filled the halls of Gage Park High School as a group of students made history.

They were a handful of the 3,4000 17-year olds in Chicago eligible to vote in the primary, under a new state law.

How enthusiastic were they? Yasmine Diaz says she had been researching candidates for weeks.

“It’s definitely a great experience – something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. It’s kind of cool to be making history in a way,” she said.

About 30 students from Gage Park voted. The school created an elaborate campaign to encourage them to vote.