'Victory for Voting Rights': Illinois Poised to Pass Automatic Voter Registration

October 5, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

In a development heralded as a win for democracy, Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to enact automatic voter registration.

It marks “a landmark victory for voting rights,” according to the Brennan Center for Justice’s Jonathan Brater, who adds that the move “in the nation’s fifth most populous state is a big deal in a year when the media spotlight is focused on new burdens voters will face at the polls in 2016.”

The House passed the measure 86-30, and it now heads to the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has indicated support for it, saying last month that he was a “big fan of simplifying the voter registration process” and “very supportive of everybody who should be voting, get them registered and get them voting.”

The Land of Lincoln would become the sixth state to have automatic voter registration, joining California, Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The measure was sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who previously said, “We should not be content with only having a small fraction of eligible Illinoisans voting, we should strive for 100 percent.”