Manar11162016Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement following the state Senate’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of automatic voter registration in Illinois:

“I thank my colleagues for their support on this important override. Automatically registering people to vote is an idea that is gaining traction all over the country, as we saw just last week when Alaska voters got on board. It just makes sense in every regard. State government has the technology and the know-how to make voter registration a seamless and secure process for busy Illinoisans.

“No amount of disproven right-wing conspiracy theories about voter fraud and illegal immigrants flooding the polls change the fact that voters and taxpayers expect their government to work for them, not the other way around. Illinois’ early voting and same-day voter registration figures are proof that people want to participate at the ballot box, and they want to do so in a way that is modern, convenient and as simple as possible. Why shouldn’t we make that happen for them?”

Automatic voter registration – which garnered bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature in the spring but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner during the summer – will enable the state to eliminate unnecessarily redundant paperwork, streamline a government function, clean up its voter rolls and save money for taxpayers.

Manar was the chief Senate sponsor of the measure.

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