March4 RSTINLEY PARK- State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is excited to announce Illinois’ bipartisan automatic voter registration legislation is now law.

Under this bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 1933, Illinois residents seeking a new or renewed driver's license or state ID would be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out.

“Our election systems are one of the most sacred components of our nation’s democratic system,” Hastings said. “This is a testament to our American values. Everyone should be engaged in our election process regardless of political party or belief. Our veterans and service men and women have and continue put their lives on the line to protect this fundamental right. Out of respect and honor it is our duty to exercise it.”

Before the passage of Senate Bill 1933, motorists seeking services at secretary of state facilities are asked if they want to register to vote or update their registration, requiring them to choose to take that extra step.

“Government should be a direct representation of the people,” Hastings said. “This new law will make it easier for Illinois residents to voice their opinions at the ballot box.”

The bipartisan law includes provisions suggested by opponents such as requiring an applicant to confirm they are eligible to vote, and giving people the option to opt out of registering at the time they are getting their license renewed or updated.

Senate Bill 1933 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law will go into effect immediately to allow automatic voter registration to be implemented by July 1, 2018.

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