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House Passes Voter Rights Measure

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:33:33 CDT

The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution. The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself. In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law:

"And that modification by the Supreme Court has apparently brought on efforts in other states to enact legislation that some of us would consider to be voter suppression."

Madigan says that includes voter ID laws. The speaker, who presides over a large Democratic majority, acknowledged he's not aware of any Illinoisan being denied the right to vote because of his race or any other characteristic.

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