Polling LocationSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) responded this afternoon after voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a plan to institute automatic voter registration in Illinois.

“Voting in America today is supposed to be a fundamental right enjoyed by all citizens,” Hutchinson said. “Years of hard work guaranteed that discriminatory laws and barriers were broken down to give women, people of color and lower-income voters the chance to have their voices heard. We should be working to advance these policies, making voting simple, easy and accessible for all.”

Senate Bill 250, co-sponsored by Senator Hutchinson, would move Illinois into an opt-out voter registration system instead of the current opt-in system, meaning residents would be automatically registered to vote when visiting the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies for services.

Four states, including California, Oregon, West Virginia and Vermont, have implemented automatic voter registration systems and have realized significant savings for local and state governments.

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