ILLINOIS–(ENEWSPF)–November 29, 2016
Illinois Republican governor Bruce Rauner does not like some people voting
A couple of weeks ago the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have allowed an automatic voter registration to take place via state agencies.
The House was just four votes shy of an override, voting 67-47. The Senate voted to override the veto on Nov. 16.
Under the bill, people seeking a new or updated drivers license would have been automatically registered to vote or have their registration updated unless they chose not to. Currently, drivers are asked if they want to register to vote or update their information.
#AVRinIL fails to override the veto. 67 yeas, needed 71. What happened to those 86 yeas from before?
— Rep. Carol Ammons (@StateRepAmmons) November 29, 2016
The turn around here, besides the Democrats losing four House seats this election, was that several Republicans who had once voted for the bill have all lost the nerve to serve democracy.
Rauner vetoed the bill in August because of concerns the legislation would promote voter fraud and would be at odds with federal legislation. At the time, Rauner said he may support a future version of the bill.
“The consequences could be injurious to our election system,” Rauner said in the August statement.
The voter fraud Rauner is talking about is the mythic voter fraud that Donald Trump talks about. People of color, getting their drivers licenses will be able to vote. Just like it says in our Constitution! When you look at automatic voter registration in places like Oregon you realize that Republican push back by people like Gov. Rauner has very little to do with what is best for democracy.
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