Illinois House, Working on Memorial Day, Passes Bill for Automatic Voter Registration

On May 29, Memorial Day, the Illinois House unanimously passed SB 1933. It had passed the Senate on May 5. It provides that adult citizens known by the state government to exist will automatically be registered to vote, unless they opt out. The Senate vote had also been unanimous. The bill still isn’t through the legislative process, because the Senate needs to vote on whether to approve a House amendment. That will probably happen on May 30.

Because the Illinois voter registration form doesn’t ask applicants to choose a party, Illinois does not have the problem of asking these new registrants about their choice of party.

Assuming the bill is signed into law, after a few years the effect will probably be to make it more likely that a petition signature will be considered valid. A larger proportion of signers (compared to the present day) will be registered voters.


Illinois House, Working on Memorial Day, Passes Bill for Automatic Voter Registration — 2 Comments

  1. That would indeed be a big help for petitioners in Illinois. The first question I have to ask each and every person I approach when I am petitioning for ballot access is (after a polite greeting of course), “Are you registered to vote in the state of Illinois?” Which gets a variety of answers and reactions (some people think I’m doing a voter registration drive as a result).

    It’d still be a good idea to ask that question, but it would be more of a precautionary question after asking if they’d like to sign the petition to help get (insert Green Party candidate here) on the ballot. Much less confusing to the person I’m asking.

    Of course, Rauner would still have to sign this bill, and given his ideological background, that’s not a sure thing at all.

  2. Now if we can lower the signature requirements, and get ranked choice voting and/or proportional representation enacted, that would be a HUGE help…

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