- Published: 16 November 2016
SPRINGFIELD – Today State Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) voted to override Gov. Rauner’s veto on automatic registration.
“This legislation will streamline the process for voter registration and will ensure that eligible voters are better able to access the ballot,” Mulroe said. “It updates the voting rolls so that as citizens move, their registration is updated.”
Illinois currently operates under an opt-in voter registration system, placing the burden on individuals and third-party organizations to make sure voter registration is accurate and up to date. Automatic voter registration is expected to add 2 million eligible voters to the voting rolls in 2018 and update the addresses for 700,000 voters.
Most residents will see the effect of this legislation when their voter registration is automatically updated when they renew their driver’s license or state ID at the local driver services facility.
Senate Bill 250 passed the Senate 38-18 and moves to the House for consideration. If passed, it would make Illinois the sixth state to approve automatic voter registration.