Sign a petition to let Illinois residents register to vote online

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Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to participate in my telephone town hall next Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Because May is a busy month in Springfield and there are many big issues pending in the General Assembly, I want to use the live call to answer questions and get feedback from you.

I also want you to help me save taxpayer money and make it easier to register to vote.

Sixteen states, both blue and red, have given the people the right to register to vote online with overwhelming success. When Arizona implemented online registration, it saw a 9.5% increase in voter registration. The state of Washington cut the time it takes to process a registration application in half. Perhaps most importantly for our cash-strapped state, online voter registration is cheaper. Paper voter registration costs 83 cents per application while online registration costs 3 cents.

Democracy works best when more people participate, but some of my colleagues in the Senate are hesitant to support this common-sense, 21st-century law. I need your help to convince them that Illinois should be the next state to let people register to vote online. Sign my petition and forward this message to your friends and neighbors to help me demonstrate that we want online voter registration.

Senator Don Harmon

39th District – Illinois

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Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 17th, 2013 10:13 PM

I would be to afraid of vote fraud to okay such a measure as this.

Petition link  

Posted: May 16th, 2013 11:28 AM

For those who would like to sign Senator Harmon's petition, here's the link to save you the search:

Anthony Kolovitz from River Forest  

Posted: May 16th, 2013 10:18 AM

Sen. Harmon I agree with Dan. While technology has evolved, I still feel that one should have to "show up" to vote.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 16th, 2013 7:30 AM

There is a fairly well known saying about the dead voting in Chicago. This kind of abuse happens without online voter registration... I can only imagine the shenanigans that would occur with online registration.

Dan Hefner from Oak Park  

Posted: May 15th, 2013 3:32 PM

Senator Harmon, I cannot support your call for online voter registration. It would be too easy to game the system and that would result in individuals who do not have the constitutional right to vote, casting ballots. If a citizen of the USA wants to vote than they can register in person and produce prooof of identiy. Too many Americans have died protecting the right to vote and making it easier for voter fraud would disgrace their sacrifices.

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