- Published: 16 November 2016
Springfield— Eligible voters throughout the state will now be automatically registered to vote under legislation advanced today with the full veto override support in the Senate.
Senate Bill 250, co-sponsored by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago), would allow for the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies to submit eligible voters’ information to the State Board of Elections when they visit their facilities for services.
Van Pelt made the following statement about the Senate’s override of Senate Bill 250:
“Voting is so important. This legislation makes it easier to engage in the process. It gives youth an opportunity to easily engage and exercise their right to vote.”
Overall, more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote aren’t registered. The measure now moves to the Illinois House of Representatives, where it will be debated.