voter registration

Several Democratic lawmakers want to make it simpler for more than two million Illinois residents to sign up to vote.

Many people register to vote while renewing their driver's license. Currently, an Illinois resident has to apply, or opt-in, to register.

This proposal would change it, so people would be automatically registered unless they opt out.

Democratic Sen. Jacqueline Collins of Chicago said automatically registering residents may motivate apathetic 18-to-24-year-olds to vote.

Secretary of State

More than a million people have Illinois drivers' licenses but aren't registered to vote. They would be registered automatically under a measure before the General Assembly.

Democrat Daniel Biss from Evanston says he thinks it is his responsibility as a public official to make the election process as open as possible.

"I think that we have a challenge in our society right now where participation in democracy feels first of all difficult and second of all, unfortunately sometimes pointless," Biss said.

Voter Registration Deadline Arrives

Oct 9, 2012

The deadline to register to vote in the November election has arrived. Voters can still cast their ballot after the October 9th deadline, but they will have vote early and not on election day. Voters must have lived in their precinct for at least a month before the election.