Chicago, Illinois - Hari Sevugan, a senior advisor for iVote, a non-profit organization working to expand voter participation, issued the following statement after today's failed override vote on SB250 on behalf of both iVote and UFCW Local 881:
"Automatic voter registration would save the state money, would help make life easier for thousands of Illinoisans, was negotiated with each side making concessions, and earned wide bipartisan support. This is the type of legislation we should be striving for at this time.
"Sadly, political posturing outweighed smart policy and consensus. Governor Rauner had a chance to show us all that he could get something done. He blew it."
iVote has sponsored multiple paid media and patch-through campaigns in support of automatic voter registration in Illinois. In partnership with UFCW Local 881, iVote secured the pledges of over 60 legislators to support automatic voter registration including a dozen Republicans. Ten of fifteen Republican votes in favor of SB250 initial passage were targeted by iVote campaigns.
iVote, a voting rights campaign dedicated to the powerful notion that every eligible citizen should vote, recently launched multiple campaigns to go on the offense to expand access to voting across the country. In Illinois, iVote has funded a public education campaign on the benefits of, and paid media campaign to urge support of, a clean bill to enact automatic voter education in the state.
About Local 881 UFCW
Local 881 UFCW represents 34,000 members employed in retail food and drug stores throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, as well as a professional division comprised of health and nursing home workers, barbers and cosmetologists, and workers in other retail and service industries. Among the companies under contract with Local 881 are Jewel Food Stores, Osco Drug, Mariano’s Fresh Market, CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, Schnucks, Dierbergs, and many smaller chains and independent stores, as well as nursing homes and other business establishments. Local 881 is among the largest affiliates of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.