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Illinois passes automatic voter registration

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The Illinois House passed a bill Monday that would automatically register people to vote, The Associated Press reports

The House passed the bill 115-0. It will now return to the Senate for agreements on changes, according to the AP. 

Under the proposal, people will automatically be registered to vote when they visit secretary of state’s offices and several other state agencies.

{mosads}People must meet certain conditions and are allowed to opt out. 

The state Democratic representative who sponsored the legislation said it would modernize the state’s voter registration system and increase participation in elections. 

A similar bill passed the state legislature last year but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said it didn’t do enough to prevent voter fraud. 



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