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State lawmakers are closer to reviving an effort that failed last year to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill is sponsoring a measure that would allow residents to automatically register to vote when they visit certain state agencies. A Senate committee sent it to the floor Wednesday on a 10-3 vote. Lawmakers approved a similar proposal last year, but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it over concerns it lacked necessary safeguards.

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State legislators are making another attempt to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.

Democrats filed bills Friday in the state House and Senate that would register state residents to vote automatically when they visit certain state agencies, unless they decide to opt out.

The agencies include the Secretary of State's offices, where residents apply for driver's licenses, and four others.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed an automatic voter registration proposal last year, despite wide support in the General Assembly. He called for more safeguards.

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An attempt to institute automatic voter registration in Illinois is dead.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner cited potential voter fraud when he previously rejected the legislation.

The House failed Tuesday to override his veto.

GOP State Representative Mike Fortner of West Chicago says the plan is flawed. He says it would have created too long a government paper trail on anyone choosing to opt out of registering, and that's a security issue. 

Fortner says there are better ways to make registering easier.

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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.

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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.

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