Chicago, Illinois - Despite being passed with significant bipartisan support in both houses of the Illinois Legislature, and while saying he was "a big fan of simplifying the voter registration process," Governor Rauner vetoed SB250, which would have enacted automatic voter registration in Illinois next year. An alternative bill, HB6627, was hastily introduced in the veto session without any bipartisan support and without an implementation date. It also imposes significant regulatory hurdles that impede the implementation of automatic voter registration.
In response, iVote and UFCW Local 881 issued the following statement:
"SB250 was negotiated for months with both parties making concessions, holds the government accountable with clear guidelines for enactment, and was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
"That's a rarity in Springfield.
"We are hopeful that Democrats and Republicans who supported the bill will stand by their own votes, override the Governor's veto, and send a message that smart measures like automatic voter registration, which helps voters and saves the state money, are still possible in Illinois."
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.