Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and State Senator Andy Manar used that event to prop up his push for automatic voter registration. The measure that Manar sponsored was passed by lawmakers in a bi-partisan vote, but Manar says Governor Bruce Rauner reversed a previous stance on the legislation and vetoed it. Manar continues to tout the benefits of automatic registration and he responds to those who believe the legislation paves the way toward vote fraud.
Manar's legislation would create an opt-out voter registration system instead of the current opt-in system. Under the proposal, eligible Illinois voters would be automatically registered to vote when they visited the Illinois secretary of state and other similar state agencies for services.