Backers of the new Automatic Voter Registration bill approved by the General Assembly said they cannot wait to see Governor Rauner sign the legislation, and put it into action. Backers believe it will expand voter participation in Illinois. WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports. A spokeswoman for Governor Rauner said he thanks the sponsors and stakeholders who work with his office to craft the final version of this law. Anyone who applies for or updates a driver’s license will automatically be registered to vote unless they say otherwise.
Ra Joy, director of Change Illinois said this is a big deal in light of what is happening in 31 other states. “In this year alone, there have been 99 proposals introduced to limit access to the polls – to make it harder for people to cast a ballot,” he said.
Evanston State Representative Robin Gables said it is needed. “Unfortunately our current voter registration system has left more than two million eligible voters off the rolls. This legislation begins to address the problem,” she said.