In an attempt to counter low voter turnout, the state Senate passed a bill Thursday that automatically registers people to vote upon obtaining their driver license. Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, who sponsored the bill, contends the process will kill two birds with one stone - increasing the number of voters while also saving the state money.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Republicans were highly opposed, suggesting the law could lead to an increased risk of voter fraud while Gov. Rauner said he was a "big fan of simplifying voter registration process."
The proposal passed on a vote of 42-16.