iVote/UFCW Joint Statement on Illinois House override vote on Automatic Voter Registration

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.

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Joint statement of iVote and UFCW on Automatic Voter Registration

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.

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iVote Statement on Another Effort by the North Carolina GOP to Undermine Voting Rights

CHICAGO – Following the news that the North Carolina GOP is looking to diminish opportunities for North Carolinians to cast their votes early by implementing weak county early voting plans, Hari Sevugan, iVote Senior Advisor, issued the following statement.

 

“When the Appeals court struck down the North Carolina Republican Party’s restrictive voting laws, they sent a clear message that the GOP efforts to purposely discriminate against minority voters was illegal. The plans submitted by the Governor's handpicked election officials today continue to limit early vote opportunities and unfairly target minority voters. 

“These new​ ​efforts are ​nothing more than an end-around the court's order. ​And that dog just won't hunt.

“We encourage the Board of Elections to enforce the law, adopt the minority plans, ​and protect North Carolina voters. Anything less is a failure and continuation of discriminative practices that undermine our democracy.”

 

 

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Rauner’s Veto of Bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration “Great disappointment”

CHICAGO – Today, Governor Rauner vetoed SB 250, which would have enacted automatic voter registration in the state of Illinois.  SB250 earned bipartisan support when passed this summer with the majority of the Democratic caucus and 15 Republican votes in the House and 5 in the Senate. 

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Jeremy Bird Applauds Governor Brown for Signing Automatic Voter Registration into California Law

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California New Motor Voter Act into law, which automatically registers all eligible Californians when they get or renew their driver's license unless they opt-out. Jeremy Bird, co-founder of iVote, a leading voting rights group focused on ways to expanding access to voting, issued the following statement:

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Statement of Jeremy Bird, iVote Co-Founder, on New Mexico Secretary of State Duran After 65th Criminal Charge Filed Against Her

Chicago, IL – Following the news that New Mexico’s Secretary of State Dianna Duran refused to resign in the face of host of criminal charges filed against her including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and a 65th charge of falsifying campaign finance reports, Jeremy Bird, Co-Founder or iVote, a voting rights organization focused on the use of secretary of state offices, issued the following statement:

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iVote Announces New Jersey Campaign Urging Governor Chris Christie to Sign Democracy Act

Chicago, IL– iVote, a national movement to expand access to voting, announced today that it has launched a campaign in New Jersey encouraging Governor Chris Christie to sign the Democracy Act into law. Passed with support from members of both parties, the Democracy Act would implement a host of reforms aimed at increasing voter turnout, including the introduction of online voter registration, in-person early voting, and automatic voter registration.

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iVote Announces Multiple Statewide Campaigns to Push for Automatic Voter Registration

Chicago, IL – iVote, a national movement to expand access to voting, announced today that it is actively seeking to create campaigns to secure automatic voter registration in multiple states across the country.  

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iVote Commends Supreme Court Decision Rejecting 'Proof of Citizenship' in Voter Registration

Washington, DC– iVote, a national movement to expand access to voting, welcomes yesterday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a joint appeal by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. Kobach and Reagan were attempting to appeal an earlier ruling in Kobach v. United States Election Assistance Commission that found their state's requirements to vote in federal elections burdensome and unnecessary.

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Jeremy Bird to Discuss Voter Engagement on HuffPost Live

Washington, DC - Jeremy Bird, iVote Board Member and National Field Director for the 2012 Obama campaign, will participate in a panel on HuffPost Live tomorrow, June 23rd at 2:00PM EST. The panel will discuss how to increase voter participation through modernizing the voting process.  

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