Clerk David Orr talking to high school students in Evanston Feb 2016.

With next Tuesday’s voter registration deadline quickly approaching for the March 15 Illinois primary election, Cook County Clerk David Orr is reaching out to young people about the importance of voting and how they can register.

Orr spoke to Evanston Township High School students Thursday morning, and his staff helped eligible teens register to vote before the regular registration period ends February 16. Evanston Township High School’s community service club has already registered about 180 students to vote so far this election cycle.

In Illinois, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the November 8 general election can participate in the primary election.

Speaking to Progress Illinois after his youth voter engagement event, Orr said his office has “seen a lot of interest” in registration among 17-year-olds, with at least a few thousand teens taking advantage of the opportunity thus far.

Orr discussed the importance of the youth vote and how it is influencing the presidential primary races.

“When young people vote, they can have a dramatic” impact, Orr said.

Read the rest of the article at Progress Illinois.