Illinois secretary of state’s office settles lawsuit that alleged automatic voter registration rollout was botched

Under the agreement, voter registration information will be available in additional languages at driver services facilities in areas with large numbers of people who speak languages other than English, as required by the federal Voting Rights Act. In Cook County, for example, that means instructions will be made available in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu.

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The secretary of state’s office also agreed to no longer send the elections board registration information to people who are not U.S. citizens or who will not be old enough to vote in the next election.

White’s office also agreed to implement a system within nine months that will allow residents to automatically update their voter registration when they submit an address change for their driver’s licenses or ID cards.

“These may seem like technical fixes, but they add up to countless eligible voters who will now be able to register and cast their ballots in Illinois — if implemented correctly,” said Abe Scarr, director of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The other organizations involved in the lawsuit were the Chicago branch of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, CHANGE Illinois, Chicago Votes Education Fund, Common Cause Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.


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June 29, 2021 at 01:27PM

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