Group Wants To Expand Illinois Use Of Mail-In Ballots

Steve Miller
October 02, 2018 - 3:14 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An Illinois group aimed at reforming campaign finance laws and generating higher voter turnout wants voters to automatically receive ballots in the mail.

Reform for Illinois bills itself as non-partisan, and it's advocating a system where voters would get ballots in the mail.

Right now, Illinois voters can ask for a paper ballot through the mail.

"You have to do it every year. There's not a permanent process right now where you can just apply and say, from now on I want to get a paper ballot,” Reform for Illinois Policy Director Alisa Kaplan explained Tuesday.

"If we want to encourage people to vote, and we want to create that extra voter contact that comes from giving them something important in the mail, then automatically sending a mail-in ballot might be one way to do that.”

Washington, Oregon and Colorado all automatically send mail-in ballots to voters, Kaplan said. Some counties in California do, too, she said.

Kaplan said mail-in ballots would be tracked -- ideally, every step of the way.