On Memorial Day the House acted to automatically sign up voters after they do business with a number of state agencies. The bill passed the House unanimously to allow for the Secretary of State to sign up or renew voter registration when an eligible voter applies for or renews a drivers license, the same will also be done if people interact with the Department of Human Services and Natural Resources. It was an act of rare bipartisanship, every member of the House and Senate voted in favor of the legislation. State Rep. Robyn Gabel of Evanston says that the process to vote in Illinois just got better.
Supporters of the bill say it will allow for technology to make elections more secure and efficient. A citizen can opt out of the automatic registration if they choose. The bill needs one final procedural vote and then will shortly head to the Governor for his approval or veto.