Illinois voting, registration changes made permanent
Several changes Illinois voters saw in November’s election are here to stay.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Saturday making permanent such rules as allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day.
That extends what’s known as grace-period voting through Election Day. In particular, that benefits people who’ve recently moved and haven’t updated their registrations.
The law also increases the number of locations and days set aside for people to vote early if they can’t make it on Election Day.
The changes were tried as a pilot project in 2014 and were seen as a strategy by Democrats to increase turnout. But voter numbers were down compared with past elections and the law was signed by the defeated Democratic incumbent.