ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As voting begins to wrap up in Illinois, election judges say they noticed a high turnout of young voters locally.
"We weren't really looking to see that many people, but seeing a lot of younger people that are coming out to vote, we had quite a few new registries." said election judge Libby Simms.
First-time voters say they have also noticed younger people take more interest in heading to the polls. Some just want their voices to be heard.
Election judges say more than 1,000 people cast their vote at the Heartland Community Church in Rockford.
Two of the election judges at the location were also 16 years old
Election judges say voter turnout may have been higher than expected from publicity the midterm and the widespread encouragement to vote.