Senate Bill 250 override PhotoSPRINGFIELD — After the Illinois Senate approved an override of the governor’s veto of automatic voter registration, Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

I proudly voted once again today to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois. There is no reason the governor should have vetoed this common sense plan that will make the voter registration process more efficient and open the doors of democracy to eligible voters.

In light of how many people did not vote in the recent election, it is even more imperative that we takes steps to make it as easy as possible for people to vote and participate in our democracy.

Under the plan Martinez supported, when a qualified voter provides all of the information necessary for voter registration to a government agency, he or she would automatically be registered to vote. Voters who wish to opt out of automatic voter registration could do so.

Martinez co-sponsored Senate Bill 250 in the Illinois Senate.

The Illinois House will now have to approve an override of the governor’s veto to ensure automatic voter registration can become law.


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