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Aug 3, 2018
Sarah Jesmer

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Sarah Jesmer

It started with a system glitch in the summer of 2016.

Hackers found a flaw in the online voting registration process in Illinois and exploited it. Illinois State Board of Election’s spokesperson Matt Dietrich said the board’s servers were flooded with queries, which are lines of code.

Flickr user / kristin_a (Meringue Bake Shop) "Vote!" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois senators have overwhelmingly endorsed an automatic-voter registration plan two years in the making.

SB1933 would register qualified voters automatically when they visit Secretary of State offices and a handful of other state agencies unless they decide to opt out. It moves to the House after a 48-0 vote Friday in the Senate.

State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is sponsoring the measure. He says it would streamline voter registration and bolster participation.

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.