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Pritzker: “The glitch has been fixed”

Monday, Jan 27, 2020

* Rachel Hinton at the Sun-Times

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said a “glitch” that resulted in non-citizens being registered to vote has been “overcome,” and he sees no reason to pause an automatic registration program as electoral agencies determine how the prohibited voters ended up on the rolls in the first place.

“We’re being very careful at our agencies and how it’s being implemented now, but there’s no reason to have an across-the-board pause, especially when the glitch has been fixed,” Pritzker said at a Monday news conference. “And we’re going to have hearings to make sure we’re ferreting out what went wrong with this glitch.”

At the press event, Pritzker was joined by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and members of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, to talk about election security measures.

Last week, Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, demanding answers from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White about how 545 self-identified non-U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered to vote through the state’s new automatic registration system.

* Related…

* Illinois lawmaker raised concerns with automatic voter registration program in 2016: “This legislation is very problematic,” the Hawthorne Hills Republican said. “Under this proposal, non-citizens will be automatically registered to vote and then perhaps later removed from the rolls. If a non-citizen is registered and the state fails to remove that person in a timely fashion, they will get a voter card in the mail and likely believe they can legally vote. And if they do vote, they will be committing a felony.”

* New voting machines will be installed in Chicago and Cook County polling places in time for early voting and the March 17 primary election, officials say: Pritzker said he doesn’t plan to propose a major increase in state funding to help local election jurisdictions pay for new voting equipment in his spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1. “I don’t think we need to have a massive appropriation here to focus on all the various counties, but we are working with those counties on upgrades they need to make on their local systems,” he said.

* Barrington High School holds voter registration drive for eligible students: Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday to allow students to be excused for two hours during a school day “to vote in a primary, general, special, or any election in Illinois at which propositions are submitted to a popular vote in Illinois.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

38 Comments
  1. - Steve - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:06 pm:

    Governor Pritzker giving some time off for students. Two hours here, two hours there. It can really add up for students who don’t have 1600 SAT scores.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:08 pm:

    - Steve -

    You don’t vote.

    Do yourself a solid, stop trolling yourself on your ignorance on voting.


  3. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:09 pm:

    Yeah, Steve, because elections happen every day and these students will be missing oodles of school time.

    You have something against an eligible voter being allowed to participate in the democratic process?


  4. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:10 pm:

    They need the two hours during the school day. It is not like the could vote before school or after school or absentee or by mail or by early voting.


  5. - Steve - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:13 pm:

    I would have thought that virtually everyone commenting on this site would be for children spending the most time in school they could. I guess I was wrong. I guess all those 1600 SAT scores students in CPS can afford some more time off.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:15 pm:

    - Steve -

    Save it for your own blog.

    No student is going to go from a 1600 to a 1150 because they voted.

    If anything students should learn is not voting makes them sound as ignorant as you do on democracy.


  7. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:15 pm:

    It’s 2020 and we got people who want to make it harder for folks to vote for the first time and to establish a pattern that will help lead to a better and more engaged citizenry.

    What are you folks afraid of? The people that have to live with the consequences longer than you do with the consequences of the bad policy you support stopping you from enacting bad policy?


  8. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:18 pm:

    ==I guess all those 1600 SAT scores students in CPS can afford some more time off.==
    Every student of voting age in the state. Not just for CPS students. Not sure why you thought that. It would be the first time voting and a good life experience. And could be tied into a civics lesson at school. School isn’t only about SATs.


  9. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    Oh for pete’s sake. This argument that it’s a travesty that these kids can get out of school for up to 2 hours to vote is just plain silly. It’s for elections. That don’t happen very often. You think the world is coming to an end because some kids leave for a couple of hours to vote? Please. Go worry about something else because your worry here is ridiculous.

    Heaven forbid our kids would be encouraged to participate in the democrtatic process. I would argue they would be learning a lot more by going to do their civic duty.

    Save the vapors some of you are having for a serious issue.


  10. - Steve - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:22 pm:

    -If anything students should learn is not voting makes them sound as ignorant as you do on democracy.-

    Playing hooky from school and voting: who knew it would be the foundation of high SAT scores? Amazing.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:22 pm:

    === I guess all those 1600 SAT scores students in CPS===

    Speaks volumes about your character. Why CPS?

    Don’t respond. I’ve fed you and embarrassed you enough.

    To the post,

    It’s been quite interesting watching the HRaunerites and the SGOP respond to the “glitch” issue and being forceful, but the “fraud” issue has been seen differently, even subtly.

    If the HRaunerites wanna make this about fraud and the folks “not like us” infiltrating our elections, 13-16 voters doesn’t seem like a hill worth embarrassing themselves in the collar counties.


  12. - Ok - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:23 pm:

    Have you seen my stapler?


  13. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:24 pm:

    Not voting shows the “True Ignorance” of those refusing to vote.


  14. - Gohawks123 - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:25 pm:

    The GOP send out a fundraising email yet?


  15. - Steve - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:30 pm:

    -Speaks volumes about your character. Why CPS?-

    Some people are aware that CPS has less hours of instruction than many other school districts nation wide , while at the same time not producing top test scores. If it doesn’t bother you , that’s probably because you don’t put academics first. I would have thought everyone cared about the children. The bigotry of low expectations is quite amazing from those who don’t take educations seriously. Governor Pritzker doesn’t seem to care .


  16. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:41 pm:

    Gohawks123, last week. Maxwell tweeted it out.


  17. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:42 pm:

    Next thing you know the school districts will be mandated to provide transportation.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:42 pm:

    === Some people are aware that CPS has less hours of instruction than many other school districts nation wide , while at the same time not producing top test scores.===

    Unless you can show those two hours will reduce test scores…

    Choosing not to vote, your utter ignorance prolly is to ensue others don’t vote too, like CPS students, which…

    === If it doesn’t bother you , that’s probably because you don’t put academics first. I would have thought everyone cared about the children.===

    They’re 18, they can choose to serve in the military, they should use their franchise and vote.

    It’s confusing why you’d come here to comment, as you don’t vote and “everything” about a free society, beginning and ending with voting, you have a distain.

    Show those 2 hours to vote will cause lower scores in that *one* day is real, or you just admit as you don’t vote, you are trying to curb “CPS students” from voting, as your example seems pointed at.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:44 pm:

    === Next thing you know the school districts will be mandated to provide transportation.===

    (Sigh)

    A smart and savvy campaign will offer rides to the polls.


  20. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    “The glitch has been fixed?”

    Does that mean Milton will finally be off the payroll?


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:03 pm:

    - Steve -

    I’ve fed you, again, and then again you prove you’re not adding here, and you double down on proving your ignorance.

    Good luck.


  22. - Boog Alou - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:18 pm:

    ==I would have thought that virtually everyone commenting on this site would be for children spending the most time in school they could.==

    Why would you think that? Was there a poll about making students stay at school 120 hours a week that got 90%+ responses?

    Or are you just using a rhetorical tick to try to shame people into making it harder for 18 year olds to vote?


  23. - Boog Alou - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:22 pm:

    ==CPS has less hours of instruction than many other school districts nation wide==

    This is an hilariously vague stat-shaped assertion.


  24. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:26 pm:

    ===Was there a poll about making students stay at school 120 hours a week that got 90%+ responses?===

    Ah yes, a common nightmare of the K-12 educator.


  25. - Thomas Paine - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:33 pm:

    A peer-reviewed study published in the famed Stanford Journal found that CPS outperformed 96 percent of the school districts in the nation over the last 20 years.

    CPS students advanced an average of 6 grade levels across five years.

    Most of the top high schools in Illinois are in CPS. Ask Bruce Rauner.

    The Stanford study found Chicago did better than every single big city in the country, and obviously better than most suburban and downstate schools in Illinois.

    The dog whistling about CPS is layered on top of the dog whistling about welfare queens from 40 years ago. Only in this version the lazy blacks are not just the mothers, they are also the teachers.

    These attacks do not stand up to any basic scrutiny, and I thank OW for pointing them out.


  26. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:45 pm:

    It’s a great idea to give students a few hours off to vote. It’s great to help young people become more civically and politically engaged. It’s more their future than anyone else’s. Election Day is a public holiday in certain states, so what’s a few hours off of school?


  27. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:53 pm:

    == The bigotry of low expectations is quite amazing from those who don’t take educations seriously.==
    I would never categorize sending a youngster off to vote for his/her very first time as “low expectations” nor “bigotry”. Wow. Just wow.


  28. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:56 pm:

    ==Playing hooky from school ==

    Um, it’s approved time off. You are familiar with what playing hooky actual is aren’t you?

    ==SAT scores==

    And enough of this argument. It’s silly. And you make yourself look silly making the argument.


  29. - Back to the Future - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 5:08 pm:

    We need to get more young folks interested in their government. Allowing them time off to vote is a great way to get them exposed to the voting process, how campaigns work and current issues.
    This is a great idea.


  30. - Matt Vernau - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 5:34 pm:

    Don’t students get out of school about 3:30 and already have an hour and a half to get to the polls that working people don’t? Heck maybe those CPS kids need more time to vote twice…..snark.


  31. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 6:28 pm:

    If you can get out of school to travel for sports, why not two flipping hours to vote? Only seems like a big deal to people who complain about everything.


  32. - Cadillac - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 6:52 pm:

    Can we reduce the time our state workers get paid on election day to 2 hours? If so, I’m all in.


  33. - @misterjayem - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 7:00 pm:

    “I guess I was wrong.”

    FYI: that’s the presumption that the rest of us have been operating under for quite some time.

    – MrJM


  34. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 8:14 pm:

    To add to the idea of making it a holiday, or even maybe, just thinking–making it on a weekend when it would be easier and more than one day, many schools are closing on election days if they are polling place due to security concerns.


  35. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 8:17 pm:

    ===Don’t students get out of school about 3:30 and already have an hour and a half to get to the polls that working people don’t?

    Many of them likely do work. If they are involved in extracurricular activities on top of that the time goes pretty quickly. Not to mention many students attend out of their neighborhood and may have challenges with transportation. Same for rural kids.


  36. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 9:29 pm:

    Arch. Wouldn’t it be wiser to miss extracurriculars instead of class?


  37. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 11:07 pm:

    ===Arch. Wouldn’t it be wiser to miss extracurriculars instead of class?

    It depends on what it is and what is occurring. What if it is tutoring? This is a bunch of people who don’t understand how actual schools operate trying to get their fee fees in a bunch over a fairly small total number of students affected.

    Let’s take the ridiculous argument over standardized test scores. Can anyone show me evidence that two hours of instruction have a significant effect on scores? Because that would be the first study ever to find that.

    Again, given how common schools are as polling places, state law encourages closure. We should just make it a state holiday, or even better, move elections to the weekend–all weekend.

    10 ILCS 5/11-4.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 11-4.1)
    Sec. 11-4.1. (a) In appointing polling places under this Article, the county board or board of election commissioners shall, insofar as they are convenient and available, use schools and other public buildings as polling places.
    (b) Upon request of the county board or board of election commissioners, the proper agency of government (including school districts and units of local government) shall make a public building under its control available for use as a polling place on an election day and for a reasonably necessary time before and after election day, without charge. If the county board or board of election commissioners chooses a school to be a polling place, then the school district must make the school available for use as a polling place. However, for the day of the election, a school district is encouraged to (i) close the school or (ii) hold a teachers institute on that day with students not in attendance.


  38. - Tom Willis - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:32 pm:

    The 18 year old students can vote by mail or weekend early vote.


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