Locals educated on voter registration laws

Locals educated on voter registration laws

The Illinois Secretary of State and local lawmakers met in Urbana on Thursday to discuss new voter registration laws.

Democrats Jesse White, Senator Mike Frerichs and Representative Naomi Jakobsson held a news conference to talk about a bill allowing 17 year-olds to vote and about a measure that would allow people to register to vote online.

Frerichs said when the Internet first came about, people were skeptical about allowing online registration because of security concerns.  But he said all of the necessary precautions have been weighed, and verification will be done through the Secretary of State's office and the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Frerichs added that online registration will make it easier for older voters to participate in elections.

The bill regarding online registration is currently awaiting Governor Pat Quinn's signature.  It would make Illinois the 18th state in the nation to have online voting registration.

Meanwhile, 17 year-olds will only be allowed to vote in primaries if they're 18 by the general election.

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