Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement regarding the passage of automatic voter registration legislation in the Illinois Senate today:

“Today I was pleased to vote again for automatic voter registration, a system that makes sense for generations of voters who are accustomed to certain aspects of life happening automatically and with ease – from cell phone updates to grocery stores knowing our buying habits. There’s simply no reason to require people to jump through hoops to register to vote every time they move, when it just as easily can be done automatically when they update their driver’s licenses. That’s good government.”

Senate Bill 1933, which passed in the Senate in a vote of 48-0, would establish an automatic voter registration system in Illinois by July 1, 2018. Biss is a chief co-sponsor of the measure.

Under the system, qualified voters would be automatically registered to vote when they visit the Illinois secretary of state and other state agencies for services. Voters would be able to opt out of the system if they wish. A series of checks would ensure no one is registered to vote that should not be.

Illinois currently has an opt-in voter registration system in which adults who are 18 or older must find, fill out and submit a voter registration form to an appropriate government agency. Voters frequently forget to update their voter registrations when they move, change marital status or go to college, causing confusion at the polls and inaccuracies on the state’s voter rolls.

Automatically registering voters when they do business with the state enables government to do away with redundant paperwork, streamline bureaucracy and be more cost effective for taxpayers.

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