While States Restrict Voting, IL to Expand Access

Illinois lawmakers approved election changes before adjournment last month, but many continue or expand existing practices or those put in place last year to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. They stand in sharp contrast to the restrictions on voting adopted or under consideration in Republican-controlled legislatures such as those in Texas and Georgia. The bill must go to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for approval. It expands mail-in voting and voting by jail inmates and makes it easier for students to register. A separate bill still under consideration would restore voting rights to convicts while still in prison.

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