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Illinois election officials say the number of registered active voters in the state is at its highest since 1970.

Illinois State Board of Election spokesman Jim Tenuto said Tuesday morning that there are 7.9 million registered active voters in the state. That's more than the 7.8 million who were registered in 2008 before then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois successfully ran for president.

That number was the previous high.

If your voter registration isn't updated yet, this weekend is your final chance to easily do it from your computer or smart phone.

Online registration in Illinois ends this Sunday.

Keith Freeman, with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, has spent the campaign season visiting homeless shelters with a goal of getting 300 residents to register.


Regular voter registration in Illinois has closed. The last day was Tuesday.

But there are other options if you need to register for the first time, or have moved and need to update your information.

Online voter registration is available; there’s a link at the Illinois State Board of Election’s website until Oct. 23.

Jim Tenuto, assistant director of the board, recommends casting an early vote if you want to avoid election-day lines.

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A plan allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois is advancing through the Legislature despite concerns from the leading state election authority that would have to implement it.

Backers want Illinois to join Oregon, California and West Virginia in modernizing voter registration. They say it cleans up voter rolls and boosts civic participation.

However, the Illinois State Board of Elections says it's opposed because officials don't currently have a program to put it into place and it could cost millions of dollars.

The Illinois Senate has approved a measure allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois.

The chamber advanced the proposal 42-16 on Thursday.

Backers say they looked at similar laws in states like Oregon when crafting the Illinois proposal. It gives election officials data from five state agencies to automatically register eligible voters unless they opt out.

Proponents include voting rights advocates who say it'd improve access and update voter files before November.