Tuesday, May 17, 2005
College Voter Registration Act passed the Senate and is on to the Governor
Congratulations to Senator Jeff Schoenberg for sheperding HB 715 through the Senate with 32 or 33 yes votes. In the face of what I consider unreasonable opposition from Senator Wendell Jones, Schoenberg kept the debate focused on registration opportunities and aptly compared the bill to motor voter which took years too long to pass Pate's Senate. A group that I work with, the Midwest Democracy Center did a report here by Debra Kosek on the lack of any solid voter registration efforts on the websites at most colleges and universities in Illinois. This bill will fix that particular problem and will result in more people voting.