* Dave Dahl…
The Illinois General Assembly is trying to expedite a bill to make Election Day registration permanent as part of a passel of election-related ideas. Another bill would expand early voting for both mail-in and in-person balloting and do away with the term “absentee ballot” in favor of what State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), carrying the bill for House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), called “voting.”
The bill, which is still being put together despite it passing committee Monday evening, is moving too fast for some people’s liking.
State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) quizzed Currie: “It was (Sunday) when the ballots were certified. And yet the day after that we have this omnibus election bill we’re going to push forth without any data analysis of what went right –“
“We know who won,” Currie interrupted. “What else do you need to know?”
* Mike Riopell…
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, a Chicago Democrat, said Election Day registration is already common elsewhere and election authorities haven’t asked lawmakers to do away with it.
“A lot of other states have been there, done that,” Currie said.
The election proposal is lengthy. It even includes a provision that if election officials are providing mementos to some people such as “I Voted” stickers, no one can be denied such a sticker.
The proposal moves to the Illinois House floor for further debate. All Democrats on the panel voted for it and all Republicans voted against it.