If you liked early voting and same-day registration, there's more where that came from. The Illinois General Assembly is trying to expedite a bill to make Election Day registration permanent as part of a passel of election-related ideas. Another bill would expand early voting for both mail-in and in-person balloting and do away with the term “absentee ballot” in favor of what State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), carrying the bill for House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), called “voting.”
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The bill, which is still being put together despite it passing committee Monday evening, is moving too fast for some people's liking. State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) quizzed Currie: “It was (Sunday) when the ballots were certified. And yet the day after that we have this omnibus election bill we're going to push forth without any data analysis of what went right –“ “We know who won,” Currie interrupted. “What else do you need to know?”
“We're talking about how we do things efficiently; how we do things with integrity to the voting process,” Sullivan said. SB 172 has passed the House Executive Committee.