The fall veto session brought about some major changes for election law in Illinois. Concerns have been raised that the so-called “reforms” contained in Senate Bill 172 will open Illinois up to mass election fraud. Others, however, are hailing the changes as a means to increase overall voter registration.
Senate Bill 172 makes notable modifications to how, when and where Illinois voters can register and cast their ballots. The bill makes permanent and expands the same-day voter registration pilot program that was established prior to the 2014 general election. Voters will now be able to register to vote on Election Day at their polling place. Another significant change allows voter registration online or through a mobile application.
The changes in the bill won’t be in place until the 2016 Presidential election, leaving Senate Republican lawmakers questioning the timing of this bill’s passage.