Override of Rauner voter bill veto fails in House
February 4, 2017

The Illinois House of Representatives failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 250, which would have automatically registered Illinois residents to vote whenever they had any business with a State agency, such as renewing a driver’s license or a state ID, or dealing with the State’s Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Employment Security, and Aging.

The House voted 67-47—four votes short of the 71 needed for override—while the Senate voted for override 38-18. Rauner vetoed SB 250 back in August, arguing the election system already allows eligible residents to register whenever they are doing business with the State.

SB 250, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Decatur) and Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), originally passed both houses of the legislature in May with broad bipartisan support. Rauner, however, voiced concerns about possible conflict with Federal law and potential voter fraud.

Local Congressman Danny Davis (D-7th) called automatic voter registration-related fraud “a myth,” noting that “most reported incidents of voter fraud are actually traceable to other sources.”

— Patrick Butler