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The Rock River Times
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Dev Gowda, Illinois PIRG Education Fund

"One way to increase voter turnout in Illinois is by passing a bill providing for same-day registration (SDR). Currently, Illinoisans have to register to vote almost one month prior to Election Day. While Illinois does offer grace-period registration, this involves long lines, limited locations, and still means there’s an arbitrary deadline before the election. Voters who have moved or are new voters who didn’t understand the deadlines may be needlessly disenfranchised on Election Day."

"SDR would let all citizens in Illinois register and vote at any Early Voting and Election Day polling location. SDR would allow Illinois to join 10 other states, plus the District of Columbia, in removing arbitrary and unnecessary deadlines that complicate the registration process."

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