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