Lawmakers To Consider Automatic Voter Registration

(Springfield, IL) — State lawmakers plan a debate next week on a plan to simplify voter registration by making it automatic when someone renews a driver’s license or state ID card. The move is patterned after an Oregon law and would mean a change to the current practice in Illinois under which a person is asked if they want to register. Proponents say the change would improve the state’s current 70-percent voter registration rate, but opponents say it would result in uninformed voters going to the polls.