A bill to create automatic voter registration in Illinois is headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
The legislature advanced the proposal Tuesday.
Under the legislation, data from five state agencies, including the Secretary of State's office, would be used to automatically register Illinois voters. Illinoisans who do not wish to register would have the opportunity to opt out.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has reportedly suggested he is open to the concept of automatic voter registration, though he has not yet taken an official position on the bill.
"After passing both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, Governor Rauner should sign automatic voter registration into law immediately. This is a common sense reform that saves money, increases the security of voting lists, avoids long lines on Election Day, and brings more than two million voters into our democracy," said Trevor Gervais with Common Cause Illinois, a group involved with the Just Democracy coalition pushing for automatic voter registration in Illinois.