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