Saturday, July 1, 2017

RI and IL Automatic Voter Registration Update

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

On June 30th, the Rhode Island Legislature passed HB 5702.

HB 5702, provides that Persons who apply to the DMV for a Driver's License, Renewals, or Personal Identification Document shall simultaneously be Register to Vote, unless they expressly Decline to do so.

A similar Bill, SB1933, had already passed the Illinois Legislature, and on June 29th was forwarded to the Governor. If passed, it would Automatically Register Eligible Voters if they visit the Secretary of State’s Offices or other State Agencies. It also allows People to Opt Out of Registering to Vote.

Both the Rhode Island and Illinois Governors have said they will sign the Bills.

When they do, Ten States will have Automatic Voter Registration.

Current States with Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)

AK - Ballot Initiative on Nov. 8th, 2016
CA - AB 1461 on Nov. 10th, 2015
CT - Administratively on May 17, 2016
GA - Administratively on ?
OR - HB 2177 on Mar. 16th, 2015
VT - H 458 on Apr. 8th, 2016
WA - HB 2682 on Feb. 15th, 2016
WV - HB 4013 on Apr. 1st, 2016

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richardwinger said...

Thanks for the list of states. There are typos in a few of them, relating to years far in the future.

mhdrucker said...

Thanks, I fixed them.