Several sources tell NBC 5 that Gov. Bruce Rauner had planned to sign the new Automatic Voter Registration bill last week during the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention, but at the last minute the event was cancelled. The bill allows voters to automatically be registered to vote through an electronic process when applying for a driver’s license or state ID, unless they opt out. Repeated questions to the governor’s communications team have not been answered, but those who support the bill expect him to sign it.
“We believe [the governor] is still considering signing it, and we are working to be in touch with his office. We have no reason to think he won’t sign it,” Abe Scarr, director of Illinois PIRG, said.
The governor signaled his intention to sign the bill, but he’s in the midst of overhauling his staff. The point of contact for those who supported the bill is no longer at the Governor’s office, and there are now questions if his new team approves.