Illinois residents will be able to register to vote on Election Day, have more time to vote early and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early under a plan signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Supporters wanted a trial run with the new rules, so the law only applies to the elections in November, with the goal of expanding it later.
Quinn called the plan critical to a democracy and said he wanted to make voting “as easy as possible.”
“It’s very, very important that we uphold those fundamental opportunities for people to participate in our democracy,” he said.
Backers said the measure will improve access for voters and help boost turnout at a time when other states are adding restrictions to voting.
* The Question: Do you agree that registering to vote and voting itself should be made easier, or do you think we need more restrictions than we had before this bill was signed? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.
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