New Law Makes Voter Registration Easier In Illinois

Jan 10, 2018
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A new state law taking effect this month makes it easier for Illinois citizens to register to vote.

Under the new law, if a person updates their information at a drivers’ license facility, that agency will send the new information to the State Board of Elections. The board will then send the updated information to the appropriate county clerk or election commission, making the person automatically registered to vote at their new address.

City Clerk's Office -- Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit City Clerk Lori Stottler says Wisconsin voters have another week to start the registration process online to avoid long lines at the polls on Nov. 8.

Being registered may not be a given to voters who only vote once in a while, perhaps just for presidential elections. That’s why Stottler says voters should check to see if they’re still registered, or even register again ahead of next month’s election.


The stakes are high for candidates in Illinois. Races are expected to be tight from the presidential nominations right down to state legislative contests.

Even if you've moved or haven't yet registered to vote, there's still time.

Illinois politicians have voted in recent years, to make it easier for Illinois residents to vote them in (or out) of office.

This is the first time voters statewide can take advantage of being able to register on Election Day.

League of Women Voters

As candidates hustle for voters' support, interest groups are working to drum up numbers of their own.

A coalition of organizations, including the Latino Policy Forum, announced in Chicago on Monday that they collectively registered 100 thousand Illinois residents to vote as part of the "Every Vote Counts" movement.

Martin Torres has been all over Chicago lately, holding voter registration events. He says Latinos make up 16-percent of the state's population, but the community's political influence hasn't kept up.


Nearly a quarter of Illinois counties are finding an unexpected problem at their polling places today: some primary ballots are too big and don’t fit into the scanning machines.