It Got My Vote
This past session, we passed a package of what I consider to be some of the most substantive and comprehensive changes to Illinois election law ever. Yet for some reason, the press and public have failed to pay adequate attention to the new laws. Running against that tide is today's State Journal Register, which has an article today on the fact that Illinois will now allow for early voting.
Unlike absentee voting, which required you to state that you would be unavailable to cast your ballot on election day, we have now made it easier for more people to take part in the electoral process. And with what I consider to be good anti-fraud measures contained in the law, I don't know how this could be anything but a good thing.
The new law also reduces the signatures needed to run for Mayor in Chicago by 50% to 12,500, (which I still think is too high), allows for statewide registration by deputy registrars, gives time off work for election judges, and does a host of other good things.
There are a couple of provisions in there which I will admit to still being at a loss about why they were included, but cynicism aside, the new law is a good step in the right direction.