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Automatic voter registration has boosted Illinois’ statewide voter roll

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Automatic voter registration has boosted Illinois’ statewide voter roll

There have been multiple challenges to automatic voter registration implementation in Illinois and there are still opportunities to significantly improve AVR implementation. Even with those challenges, we wanted to measure the law’s effectiveness at Secretary of State facilities since implementation began in the summer of 2018. Our analysis shows that voter registration applications at Secretary of State facilities have increased markedly, by 37 percent, which translates to an additional 111,000 voter applications every year. 

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New analysis: Automatic voter registration has boosted Illinois’ statewide voter roll

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New analysis: Automatic voter registration has boosted Illinois’ statewide voter roll

Voter registration applications have increased by 37% at Driver Services offices of the Secretary of State since the implementation of automatic voter registration (AVR), according to analysis released Wednesday by Illinois PIRG Education Fund. Since AVR’s implementation in July 2018, the system has helped register or update the voter registration of 1.3 million voters. 

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