The Governor also signed legislation that will cut the cost of elections, give elected officials more time to do their jobs and encourage better voter turnout. Senate Bill 355 moves Illinois’ primary election from the first Tuesday in February to the third Tuesday in March, in even-numbered years. 

The state’s primary was moved from March to February several years ago to accommodate then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. According to the State Board of Elections, voter turnout in the February 2 primary was only 23 percent. Lawmakers hope that moving the primary closer to the general election will save time and money, and improve voter turnout with a better chance for warmer weather." />

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