BGA Urges Lawmakers to Send a Ballot to All Registered Voters in November

Illinois lawmakers must guard against voting disruptions caused by COVID-19, but SB1863 does not go far enough.

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The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield for three days this week to act on an abbreviated agenda that includes measures to protect the Nov. 3 election from consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BGA supports many provisions of the omnibus election bill (SB1863), including offering curbside voting and maintaining Election Day super-centers. 

But the measure doesn't do enough to facilitate mail-in voting, the safest and most effective way to maximize voter participation. It would require elections officials to send an application for a mail-in ballot to everyone who voted in elections held in 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

In written testimony, BGA Policy Analyst Joann Wong urged lawmakers instead to send a postage-paid mail-in ballot to all registered voters. Her testimony is shared below.