Just Democracy Illinois gives testimony on the implementation of automatic voter registration

Jay Young, Political Director of Common Cause Illinois, gives testimony to the Illinois State Board of Elections on AVR implementation.

Jay Young, Political Director of Common Cause Illinois, gives testimony to the Illinois State Board of Elections on AVR implementation.

On Monday, the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) held a hearing in Springfield and Chicago to receive public comments on the implementation of the new automatic voter registration (AVR) law.

AVR modernizes and reforms current registration laws so that whenever an eligible Illinois citizen applies for, updates, or renews a driver’s license or state ID, they will be automatically registered to vote at their new address, unless they choose to opt out. AVR creates a similar program for other social service and public assistance agencies, making Illinois’ law the farthest reaching automatic voter registration law in the country.

Chicago Lawyers' Committee is a member of the Just Democracy Illinois coalition steering committee. Just Democracy members testified this morning to offer assistance and expertise in urging the SBE to work with other state agencies to implement the automatic voter registration law (AVR) on time and with the full participation of impacted communities.

Just Democracy Illinois is a broad-based and diverse coalition that works to protect and promote the value of a single vote, no matter the geographic, racial, ethnic, or party affiliation of the voter.  The Just Democracy Illinois steering committee includes Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, CHANGE Illinois, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Chicago Votes, Common Cause Illinois, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and Illinois Public Interest Research Group.  Our campaign for Automatic Voter Registration was endorsed by a diverse collection of over 65 organizations from around Illinois.

Update on Crosscheck

The Illinois State Board of Elections voted 4-4 today on withdrawal from Crosscheck, which means that they will not withdraw at the current time.  The Board suggested that no additional voter information will be submitted to Crosscheck until there is a comprehensive overhaul of security protocols, and we urge the Board to share information regarding such safeguards. We are disappointed that Illinois will remain in Crosscheck. We will continue advocating to the Board to withdraw from the database, and to take measures to safeguard voter data and access while we remain in the program.