Illinois News Network (May 8, 2017) The state House is expected to amend a measure to automatically register people to vote when they interact with a state agency because of concerns shared by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said his legislation, Senate Bill 1933, which has been in the works for a couple of years, shows bipartisan solutions are possible.
“Democrats and Republicans can work together on an issue that oftentimes just goes right down the partisan hole of the legislature,” Manar said.
The bill passed unanimously Friday.
A similar measure passed onto the governor’s desk last year but was vetoed, with Gov. Bruce Rauner offering up suggestions to make it comply with federal law and to combat potential voter fraud.
The new bill addresses some of the suggestions but there are still concerns from the Illinois State Board of Elections.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, said she appreciates “that there’s an agreement that there’ll be some work in the House to alleviate some of the concerns that the State Board of Elections has.”