Better access to the ballot box would be one byproduct of a proposed constitutional amendment an Illinois House committee has passed. David Morrison of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says groups such as his are delighted with the idea. “This proposal would declare that procedures related to voting could not place a disproportionate burden on citizens who are also members of a protected category,” he told lawmakers.
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“It complements current state constitutional provisions and is wholly consistent with federal requirements for voting. It goes further by establishing rights and protections related to voting and voting procedures under Illinois’ state Constitution.” The amendment, if it gets onto the state Constitution, would prohibit, for example, photo-ID-to-vote laws. Research indicates blacks and Hispanics who are otherwise qualified to vote disproportionately have no photo ID. HJRCA 52 has passed the House Judiciary Committee.