Clerk Orr statement on omnibus bill and Automatic Voter Registration bill

Clerk David Orr
July 1, 2016
Statement from the Clerk

I applaud the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner for finalizing the steps necessary for Illinois to participate in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

These funds will now give our state access to the names of voters who have died, moved, or for whatever reason are still on our voting rolls. Nearly 700,000 people in Illinois are registered at addresses where they no longer live. At least 60,000 voters who are on the rolls live in other states. ERIC will clean our state’s voter rolls.

I now urge Governor Rauner to modernize and streamline the state’s voter registration rolls by signing Senate Bill 250 which would put into place Automatic Voter Registration in Illinois. If signed, we will potentially have the cleanest voting rolls in state history.

As all who support this good government measure have pointed out, Automatic Voter Registration would save taxpayers money, improve the accuracy of voter registration rolls and boost voter participation. Voters simply shouldn’t have to worry about re-registering each time they move, marry, or change their names. It’s inefficient and inconvenient.

By signing this bill into law, it would show to all Illinoisans that different government agencies and the two political parties can work together to streamline government.

David Orr
Cook County Clerk