052214 js 0399VILLA PARK- Currently there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.
 
To encourage more registration, State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) bipartisan measure,  Senate Bill 1933, to allow Illinois residents seeking a new or renewed driver’s license or state ID would automatically be registered to vote unless they opt out, was signed into law today.
 
“Streamlining this process will save the state money, remove duplicate voter records and engage more people in the democratic process,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to make sure Illinois residents are given the opportunity to exercise their fundamental rights.”
 
The bipartisan law includes provisions suggested by opponents such as requiring an applicant to confirm they are eligible to vote, and giving people the option to opt-out of registering at the time they are getting their license renewed or updated.
 
States that have already modernized their systems, like Alaska, Delaware and Oregon, have found that the modernization makes voter rolls more accurate and current. These changes make the system easier to maintain and cut down on redundancies and inaccuracies. Voter registration information is updated regularly and cross referenced with other state databases.
 
“Illinois needs to modernize its systems,” Cullerton said. “Generations of Americans have fought hard for their right to vote.  It is important that we honor their sacrifices by making voting as easy as possible.”
 
In 2012, the Pew Center found that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters. Modernizing the registration system would help remove them from voter records.
 
Estimates show the annual county-level costs to process registration throughout the country for voter registration are at least $1 billion, or about one-third of the total county-level cost of administering elections.
Senate Bill 1933, passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law will go into effect immediately to allow automatic voter registration to be implemented by July 1, 2018.

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