Voting in Evanston
Passage of Automatic Voter Registration Bill
On August 28, 2017, Gov. Rauner signed the bill, passed with unanimous bipartisan support by both the Illinois House and Senate, that allows voters to register/renew registration when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card. By combining the two processes it takes the hassle out of doing each separately and increases the chance of voter participation.
According to a press release Rauner said, “We hope this streamlined process will encourage more voter participation, so that constituents’ voices are heard and their interests are represented.” SB 1933 allows when applicants meet the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005 they can also complete their voter registration. While also protecting applicants’ information and verifying their address they’re able to complete both tasks in one. Signing this bill into place allows Illinois to lead the pack in the country to revolutionize the voter registration process.
“With the signing of this landmark legislation, Illinois becomes a national leader in the effort to preserve and expand voting rights for all citizens,” said state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the bill’s sponsor. “Automatic voter registration will modernize and streamline the process in Illinois. It will produce a system that is less expensive to maintain, more secure and less cumbersome on individual voters. But most of all, it will open up the ballot box, allowing new voters to leave their fingerprints on their democracy.” Manar stated in a press release announcing the bill’s passage.
What AVR means for Illinois:
For information about registering to vote, where to vote and other information specifically for Cook County voters, go to the Cook County Clerk's Voter Information website, or to the City of Evanston Clerk's Voter Information web page.
To register to vote you are required to:
If you have moved since the last time you voted, you need to re-register.
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