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Automatic Voter Registration
Automatic voter registration (AVR) allows eligible voters the chance to register when they interact with a government agency. Last year, AVR was approved by the House and Senate with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans alike, but Governor Rauner vetoed the bill citing concerns about voting fraud and conflicts with federal law.
Automatic voter registration in Illinois is not only for voters it's a win for democracy.
Why AVR Matters:
Automatic voter registration modernizes our elections and gives more people the opportunity to participate in the democratic process. Here's how:
- Gives More People a Voice. When more eligible voters are able to participate, more people can have a voice in the policies that impact their community and creates a better future for everyone.
- Increases Participation. AVR reduces one barrier to participation by providing more efficient ways for eligible voters to become registered.
- Modernizes Elections. AVR enables voters to register through the DMV and ensures more accurate information on voters.
Voting is a key part to participating in our representative democracy. If we want to advance policies to protect our environment, protect workers' rights, and protect our civil liberties than we need to make sure every eligible voter is registered to vote.
Call your state representative today!
My name is _______ and I live at _________. I am calling you because I believe that the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and that every Illinoisan has the fundamental right to have their voice heard. As your constituent, I strongly urge you to cosponsor Automatic Voter Registration (SB1933). This bill would modernize our election systems, ensuring that all voters have access to the ballot while streamlining the registration process. The bill has received bipartisan support in the past, and I hope I can count on your support.
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Why this is important:
To have a stronger democracy we must allow every citizen's vote to be counted and have easy access to voting. In Illinois, SB 1933 would create automatic voter registration in the state by July 1, 2018. SB 1933 was unanimously passed in the IL Senate. It needs similar support in the General Assembly to ensure the bill will not be vetoed, as in the in the 2016 version, and be in effect for the 2018 election.
For voters and partners in Illinois, 2018 is an important year for democracy. The gubernatorial race is an opportunity for our partners to organize and replace a governor that fights to keep big money in politics and budget cuts that hurt the environment, pensions, schools, and human services.
Follow SB 1933
SB 1933 was sent to the House on May 8th. It is sponsored by Representative Robyn Gabel and co-sponsored by Representative Robert Martwick. The bill is in the “First Reading” stage with the Rules Committee. Follow The Bill
A bill to establish a public financing program in Illinois passed through the Senate (31-23) and has now headed to the House. House representatives have until May 31st to pass the bill which will provide funds for statewide positions and make Illinois the 14th state to use public financing.