The Just Democracy supports Automatic Voter Registration for Illinois

Voting is a fundamental right and part of what makes America great. Our democracy works best when everyone makes his or her voice heard on election day, but unfortunately not everyone is, thanks in part to our outdated voter registration system. In the last presidential election, its estimated that over a million eligible voters tried to vote but were turned away because of registration problems.

We can do better. Over the past several years, Illinois has taken significant steps to modernize and improve voter registration and election administration. We should continue this process and work towards Universal Registration where every eligible voter is on the rolls, only eligible voters are on the rolls, and the state takes responsibility to build the rolls and automatically updates voters’ records where possible.

The next important step we can take towards Universal Registration is Automatic Voter Registration. Automatic Voter Registration means using reliable information already in state databases to register eligible citizens to vote or update their voter registration status. When an eligible voter interacts with a state agency like Driver Services, they would be automatically registered to vote unless they take action to opt out. In 2015, California and Oregon became the first two states to adopt Automatic Voter Registration.

There are many reasons to support Automatic Voter Registration (AVR):

  • AVR greatly expands access to voting. AVR promises to add many more eligible Illinois voters to the rolls, making it more likely they will participate in elections, strengthening our democracy.
  • AVR makes our voter rolls more accurate and secure, by more frequently updating records when voters move, and by eliminating duplicate records. More accurate voter lists better insure the integrity of our elections.
  • For many of the same reasons AVR is more accurate, it is also more efficient and over time will save taxpayers a significant amount of money.

The Just Democracy Coalition supports an AVR policy that:

  • Is enacted in all state agencies covered by the National Voter Registration Act (Driver Services, Human Services, Health and Family Services, Employment Security, Aging),
  • Takes appropriate steps to ensure non-citizens are not accidentally registered, and
  • Maintains key privacy protections

To get involved with the campaign for Automatic Voter Registration or become a member of Just Democracy Illinois, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Campaign Endorsers

Action Now Institute
AFSCME Council 31
Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights &
American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago
Better Government Association
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago
Cambodian Association of Illinois
CHANGE Illinois
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Votes
Chinese American Service League
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Citizen Action Illinois
Coalition for a Better Chinese American
Common Cause Illinois
DuPage County Building & Construction Trades
Equality Illinois
Equip for Equality
Faith Coalition for the Common Good
Gamaliel of Illinois
Grassroots Collaborative
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
IBEW Local 9
IBEW Local 15
IBEW Local 196
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
Illinois Environmental Council
Illinois Public Interest Research Group
Indo-American Center
Japanese American Service Committee
Hana Center
Laborers Midwest Division
Lao American Association of Elgin
Latino Policy Forum
League of Women Voters Illinois
Muslim Women Resource Center
NAACP State Council
National Council of Jewish Women – State Policy
National Council of Jewish Women Chicago
North Shore Section
National Nurses Organizing Committee
National Nurses United
One Northside
Painters District Council 14
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
Rainbow Push Coalition
Reclaim Chicago
South Asian American Policy & Research
SEIU Local 1
SEIU Healthcare Illinois/Indiana
SEIU Local 73
Sheet Metal Workers State Conference
Sierra Club Illinois
SMART Transportation Division
Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation
South Asian American Policy & Research
Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor
The People’s Lobby
The Women of Reform Judaism Midwest
United Congress of Community and Religious
UFCW Local 881
Workers Center for Racial Justice

Interested in signing on to support Automatic Voter Registration? Do you want to join the coalition? Fill out the form below and a member of the steering committee will reach out with more information.