New law allows eligible high school students to leave class to vote

New law allows eligible high school students to leave class to vote

Starting in June, high school students in Illinois who are old enough to vote can be excused for up to two hours to go and vote.

LaSalle-Peru High School Supt. Steven Wrobleski says it’s a chance for students to apply what they are learning.

Wrobleski would like to know if there’s a way for schools to verify that students actually used the time to vote.

Streator High School Supt. Matt Seaton says his school already allows students to miss class to vote, although students are encouraged to avoid it if possible.

Seaton says it’s hard for students to make to the polls when they have activities before and after school.

Seneca High School Principal Marty Voiles says no administrator wants students to miss class.

Voiles says his school is willing to do whatever it can to help students partake in a democratic society.

EDIT: Added that only students who are the legal voting age of eighteen can vote.