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“Voter Rights” Amendment Passes Illinois House

“Voter Rights” Amendment Passes Illinois House

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House Speaker Michael Madigan’s constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression has advanced.

It would change the state constitution to ensure no one is denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or income. Madigan noted recent efforts in other states making it more difficult to vote and said there could be “future efforts” in Illinois.

House GOP Leader Jim Durkin co-sponsored the proposal. He said Republicans need to make strides in being more inclusive. The measure would be placed on the November ballot if it passes by a three-fifths margin in the Senate.

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