Quinn: Time to put voting registration online

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by Regina Garcia Cano

AP

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 8:47 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to be able to register for voting by typing information into a website.

The Chicago Democrat says the state's election process must move into the 21st century.

Supporters tout the proposal as a way to simplify registration and attract the Millennial Generation that has traditionally been absent from the election process.

The state's GOP leadership doesn't object to the idea. Still, Republicans question whether this is the right time to introduce the measure.

Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady says lawmakers should solely focus on fixing the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis.

Quinn made the proposal before lawmakers during his State of the State address last week.

More than a dozen states, including Colorado, Nevada and Indiana, already offer online registration.

 

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