The push to make it easier to vote in Illinois is over, as long as the governor signs on. A package of election-related legislation has passed both chambers. It includes making Election Day registration – piloted in November – permanent. Opponents– Republicans – said there's no need to rush, particularly because there has not been time to properly evaluate it.
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Part of the rationale for the law, proponents said, is that county clerks are in favor. “I have nine county clerks, and they're all against this,” said State Rep. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie). “We didn't ask them. They told me all fall what a disaster this was.” Registration and immediate voting would be the law in Illinois, as would expanded early and mail-in voting. SB 172 has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's action.