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New Voter Registration Option

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 09:02 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Tuesday morning, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to expand voting opportunities in Illinois. The Governor's office says the new law is "designed to encourage participation in elections and streamline the registration and early voting process."

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says "for the first time in Illinois, voters can come to our office on election day, provide the normal identification that you need to register to vote, register to vote and vote all in one step on election day."

The new law also extends in-person voting hours and allows some public universities to serve as election-day voting centers. But, how many more votes will the provision bring in?

"I don't know what impact it will have on results. What I'm hoping for is that people who for whatever reason have been unable or unwilling to register to vote during the full year... that they have to register, will take advantage of this," Hulten says.

Hulten says the process seems pretty solid. Verification and voter fraud shouldn't be a concern.

"I don't think that people have to worry that this will create any opportunity for mischief...I think it's simply another opportunity. Voting has always been about exercising choices. This is simply another choice that people have in how they register to vote," he said.

The new legislation only puts these changes into effect for the upcoming November general election.

Hulten also predicts if all goes well this November, the new provision could possibly stick around.

Keep in mind, the same day registration and voting does not apply at your normal polling place. You must come to the Champaign County Clerk's Office for the service.

New Voter Registration Option


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