Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Online voter registration advances
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Online voter registration advances

Thursday, May 30, 2013

* 18 states already have some form of online voter registration. If sent to the governor, the new plan would begin next July, after the primary

llinoisans could someday register to vote via the internet under legislation endorsed Wednesday by the Illinois Senate.

The measure, which is just one piece of a package of proposed state election law changes being considered by state lawmakers, is designed to make the voting process more appealing to a bloc of potential voters who rarely come out in force. […]

Under the plan, the state would set up a system in which applicants could register through the state Board of Elections website, using a driver’s license and the last four digits of a Social Security number. The state would then transmit the registration to the person’s home county. […]

Cook County Clerk David Orr said online registration could be cheaper than the current paper process. In a statement, Orr said other states have seen a drop in the cost of processing a registration from 83 cents to 3 cents.

* There are some controversial aspects to the omnibus bill, however

A political dispute over the future of elections in Lake County has consumed top officials, as its top Democrat favors turning voting control over to a new board and a bipartisan collection of other leaders is pushing back hard.

The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved lengthy statewide elections legislation that emerged this week. Tucked inside is a plan that would take away election supervision from County Clerk Willard Helander and create a five-member board to handle voting.

* And

Most local officials are poised to keep their controversial power to kick political opponents off the ballot after lobbying from those officials helped stall a reform proposal in the General Assembly.

Instead, a piecemeal effort is moving forward that will abolish panels that rule on candidate eligibility in school districts only, shifting such authority to the county level. The latest proposal leaves the controversial panels in place for cities, villages, community colleges and townships across the state.

While critics of the current system support changes for the school districts, they say the final proposal will do nothing to stop scores of other local candidates from being kicked off the ballot by political opponents for questionable reasons.

Cook County Clerk David Orr called it “disappointing.” And David Morrison, acting director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said it was “an unfortunate retreat” because city and village panels tend to be the most political and face the most criticism.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

9 Comments
  1. - Carl Nyberg - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 11:13 am:

    It’s another failure of the federal courts to not see an equal protection problem with Illinois’ system of removing challengers from the ballot.


  2. - Election Lawyer Abe - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 11:37 am:

    @ Carl Nyberg

    How does this pose an equal protection problem? Having some reasonable barriers to ballot access ensures we have a meaningful say in our democracy. Imagine if you were running for office and there were no barriers and thus no removal. I could beat you by easily placing every Nyberg I know on the ballot.


  3. - Dan Duffy's gas pedal - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    Lake County’s Willard Helander has been fumbling elections for years and years, about time there is some oversight on this process.


  4. - reformer - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 12:08 pm:

    Is it so hard to say no to municipal officials when they’re wrong? I bet even their lobbyists have trouble insisting with a straight face that the inevitable conflicts of interest on local election panels are no problemo.


  5. - Shore - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 12:17 pm:

    terry link up to old dirty tricks.

    the first and only priority with elections needs to be improving election night reporting. those websites are an absolute joke and a complete embarassmemnt. this is not 1995 anymore and it’s not like this is rocket science.


  6. - PFK - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 12:19 pm:

    HB2418 (S.Am.2) also DOUBLES the number of signature a Chicago aldermanic candidate would need to collect. Because…Chicago elections are too competitive?


  7. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 1:10 pm:

    Willard Helander has been presiding over election results that are fast and accurate for years now. Why take it away from her? To sneak this provision into this bill is shockingly crude behavior.

    This unfunded mandate will be every costly to Lake County property tax payers.

    Absolutely no one from Lake County except for perhaps Link, wants this. No one. Even Link’s fellow Democrats in Lake County voted against it.

    It WILL make for a heck of a strong election issue against local Lake County Democrats next election.


  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 3:56 pm:

    Actually, nobody but political operatives cares about the inside baseball of elections. Republicans in Lake County will try to make it an election issue, but the independents who decide elections won’t care about partisan in-fighting.

    If Helander would act more like a non-partisan election official, this wouldn’t have happened. But she has been witnessed harassing voters and election judges in precincts, as recently as the last general election. This election board is a good idea. Non-partisan election administration is a good idea.


  9. - Madison - Thursday, May 30, 13 @ 4:11 pm:

    The meat in this sandwich is the voter registration issue; the double whammy of the collapse of the patronage system in this state and easy voter registration has already drove the Illinois GOP to the brink of extinction. Not to mention Conservativasauras Rex candidates. Just Sayin’


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Sam McCann jumps into House races against "Raunerite" Republicans
* Question of the day
* I've just never seen anything like this
* Pritzker then and now
* Oppo dump!
* Another former Pritzker campaign worker comes forward as the spin cranks up
* HB40 backstory: A preemptive strike and throwing Norwood under the bus
* Pritzker sets national campaign finance record
* New Cook County IG report raises more questions than it may answer
* Keep your fingers crossed
* *** UPDATED x1 - ILGOP responds *** Bombshell discrimination lawsuit called "offensive" and "baseless" by Pritzker campaign
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's Capitol Fax
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Erika Harold reports $1.5 million contribution from Ken Griffin, $100K from Jennifer Pritzker
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller