avr votingSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ira I Silverstein (D-Chicago) voted this afternoon to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a plan to institute automatic voter registration in Illinois.

“Barriers to voting and registering to vote must be taken down to ensure all citizens have access and can make their voices heard at the polls,” Silverstein said. “Giving greater access for voter registration enhances our democracy and, at the same time, ensures greater accuracy in record keeping and saves taxpayer dollars.”


Senate Bill 250, co-sponsored by Senator Silverstein, would allow residents to be automatically registered to vote when visiting state agencies such as the Secretary of State’s office for a driver’s license or state ID. Illinois would simplify the process by making registration an opt-out decision rather than the current opt-in. An individual would provide qualifying identification to be verified as eligible just as they are in the existing system. Eliminating any errors or out-of-date information would result in cost savings for the state and local governments and accuracy.

Four states, including California, Oregon, West Virginia and Vermont, have implemented automatic voter registration systems. With the Senate’s vote to override the governor’s veto, the House will now take up the issue. If they concur, SB 250 will take effect immediately.

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