From Chicago Tribune
By Rick Pearson
The group iVote, a national voting-rights advocacy organization, is spending $20,000 on digital advertising to promote five state legislative candidates who back a plan to make voter registration automatic when people get or renew a driver's license or a state ID card.
The digital ads back state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, a Chicago Democrat, who is in a primary contest against former Ald. Bob Fioretti, an unsuccessful mayoral candidate. And they also support Republican legislative hopefuls Christopher Hicks of Sawyerville in Macoupin County, Gary Pierce of Springfield, Jason Kasiar of Eldorado in Saline County, Jonathon Kaye of Toledo in Cumberland County.
There is a pending automatic voter registration measure that has been introduced by state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill. It would change the current system from an opt-in to register to vote to opt-out if someone doesn’t want to register.
Similar legislation has been enacted in Oregon and California, and bills have been introduced in more than 30 states.