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Quinn Denies Voter Initiatives Are Political Gimmicks

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:33:54 CDT

Illinois voters could register to vote on Election Day, have more time to cast early ballots and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early under a plan state lawmakers have approved. Democrats pushed the legislation on the second-to-last day of the spring session last month with the idea that it'll improve November turnout. However, Republicans claim it is part of a larger effort to boost Democrats' numbers at the polls.

Governor Pat Quinn favors the plan but hasn't signed it yet. The Chicago Democrat, seeking re-election, told reporters the Republican claims are "baloney."

"We want to encourage people to register to vote, and to vote ... and so everything we can do to help that, in a 21st century way ... I think those are the kind of things that we should be creative about, and we'll be acting on that bill pretty soon."

The proposal only applies to the upcoming November election. Bill sponsors say they'll extend it if things go smoothly. Ten states allow same-day voter registration.

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