Deadline for registering to vote approaching

Feb 17, 2014

Tuesday is the last day residents can register to vote for the state’s primary election. The March 18th primary is the first to allow 17-year olds to vote if they’ll be 18 by the general election in November. Tom Bride is the Executive Director of the Peoria Election Commission. He says he doesn’t expect a large turnout from the age group, but he says there is a benefit for allowing 17 year olds to vote.

“The majority of what you’re voting on in March is a selection for the party for the candidates for November. So really, this is part A of a two part election cycle. So it makes sense if you are going to be able to vote in November that you ought to have a choice in the selection for your party.”

The primary features all statewide elected officials and the congressional candidates for the 17th and 18th districts. Voters in Peoria County will weigh in on whether to raise the sales tax one-percent for school facility purposes. Some city of Peoria residents will also vote on whether to retain a District 150 board member. Residents should have two forms of identification to register to vote, including one with a current address. 

A list of registration sites within the city of Peoria is available at A of site within Peoria County is at