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Record #: R2017-664   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/26/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action:
Title: Support of Illinois Senate Bill 1933 for implementation of automatic voter registration in Illinois
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Solis, Daniel, Scott, Jr. Michael, Zalewski, Michael R., Villegas, Gilbert, Reboyras, Ariel, Taliaferro, Chris, Harris, Michelle A., Beale, Anthony, Curtis, Derrick G., Thompson, Patrick D., Cardenas, George A., Quinn, Marty, O'Shea, Matthew J., O'Connor, Patrick, Silverstein, Debra L., Osterman, Harry, Reilly, Brendan, Smith, Michele, Tunney, Thomas, Laurino, Margaret, Mitts, Emma, Napolitano, Anthony V.
Attachments: 1. R2017-664.pdf
Related files: R2019-362


OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
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RAIIM EMANUEL
MAYOR
July 26,2017










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with various aldermen, a resolution regarding voter registration.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

Very truly yours,
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago recognizes the importance of the participation of every eligible citizen in elections, and further recognizes that there are many persons who are eligible to vote, but are not registered voters; and
WHEREAS, Automatic voter registration offers eligible citizens who interact with certain governmental agencies the opportunity to be automatically registered to vote; and

WHEREAS, Such laws create a process that is seamless, more convenient, and less error-prone for both government officials and voters, and have the effect of boosting voter registration rates, making voting more convenient, and reducing the potential for voter fraud; and
WHEREAS, Expanded voter registration and participation boosts confidence in the electoral system, and has been made more important in light of foreign interference in the most recent presidential election; and
WHEREAS, Laws providing for automatic voter registration have become a national trend. These laws have already been enacted in nine states and the District of Columbia, and have been introduced in another 32 states, including Illinois; and

WHEREAS, Illinois Senate Bill 1933 would implement automatic voter registration in Illinois. This bill provides for eligible citizens to be automatically registered to vote when conducting business with the Secretary of State, and agencies within the Departments of Human Services, Employment Security, Financial and Professional Regulation, Natural Resources, and any other agency or department that has access to reliable personal information; and
WHEREAS, It has been estimated that SB 1933 would add ap...

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