Attempt Fails To Overturn Automatic-Voter Veto In Illinois

Nov 29, 2016

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

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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.

"You could do it with something as easy as put a check box on the form when they're at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. In fact, a check box would be a good thing because federal law requires that the voter attest that they are eligible to register. They could do that all in the same shot."

Advocates of the proposal say those criticisms are overblown. They say they'll try again in the future.