Time for Action: 
Automatic Voter Registration
FROM:  
Ma ry Kubasak, President
Jean Pierce and Hilary Denk, Issues Co-Chairs
 
RE:  SB 1933 -- Automatic Voter Registration

ACTION NEEDED
Please contact your State Senator and ask him/her to vote to support SB 1933 for Automatic Voter Registration. 

The General Assembly is not in session until April 25th, but it is important that legislators be contacted in their district offices during their two-week break. 

Find phone numbers for you legislators at  http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
 
WHY IT MATTERS: 
SB 1933 was carefully crafted to improve the security and integrity of our electoral process, while saving money for state and local governments by streamlining our registration process; national experts were consulted to ensure compliance with federal law. Under SB 1933, a system of automatic voter registration would be created where, using reliable information already in the state database, eligible citizens would be able to register to vote or update their voter registration status. When an eligible voter interacts with a state agency such as the Secretary of State for driver's licenses, they would be automatically registered to vote unless they take action to opt out. Verified information would then be sent on to local election authorities, who would handle the actual registration.
 
Here are some reasons to support Automatic Voter Registration (AVR):
  • AVR greatly expands access to voting. AVR promises to add many more eligible Illinois voters to the rolls, making it more likely they will participate in elections, strengthening our democracy.
  • AVR makes our voter rolls more accurate and secure, by more frequently updating records when voters move, and by eliminating duplicate records. More accurate voter lists better ensure the integrity of our elections.
  • For many of the same reasons AVR is more accurate, it is also more efficient and over time will save taxpayers a significant amount of money.
League of Women Voters of Illinois
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Phone: (312) 939-5935  | Email:  issues@lwvil.org  | website:  www.lwvil.org
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