ILLINOIS

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Voter Issues

 

MARCH 2020

• Illinois: Voting rights advocates have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White and the bipartisan state Board of Elections of failing to properly implement automatic voter registration after it was passed with bipartisan support in 2017. The plaintiffs argue that White and the board have refused to work with voting advocates to improve the system; that it inadequately accommodates non-English speakers; that it doesn't automatically update registrations when previously registered voters move; and that it isn't incorporating recently naturalized citizens.

White's office had faced criticism earlier this year after revealing that 545 people who indicated they weren't citizens had been registered to vote, which White blamed on a programming error that supposedly was fixed. Officials removed these individuals after they were discovered, though a handful cast votes.

JANUARY 2020

 

llinois: Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a new law requiring that high school students who are of voting age be given two hours off from school to be able to vote in any election, including primaries and special elections. This provision is similar to another state law that mandates that employers must give employees two hours time off to vote, a practice that a number of other states have also adopted.

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