Automatic voter registration now Illinois lawSPRINGFIELD – Illinois will become the tenth state to institute automatic voter registration after a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) was signed into law this morning by the governor.

“Decades of hard work have broken down discriminatory laws and barriers that kept women, people of color and lower-income voters from having an equal say in our democracy,” Hutchinson said. “Today, we take another step to ensure voting is simple, accessible and free from interference or fraud.”

The new law, contained in Senate Bill 1933, moves Illinois into an opt-out voter registration system instead of the current opt-in system, meaning residents would be automatically registered to vote when visiting the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies for services.

While implementing automatic voter registration increases the number of registered voters, it also reduces the potential for voter fraud and lowers costs for local governments as voter registration information is automatically sent to election officials whenever citizens visit government agencies.

Nine other states, including California, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, Georgia, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, have implemented automatic voter registration systems.

Senate Bill 1933 passed the General Assembly in late May and takes effect immediately.

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