Automatic Voter Registration


Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) is a simple, yet powerful idea. Eligible citizens will be automatically registered to vote when they interact with state government agencies unless they choose to opt-out.  AVR uses modern technology to replace our outdated voting system with one that’s secure, modern, and efficient.

As of January 2017, six states have already or are currently implementing automatic voter registration. These states include: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Oregon, West Virginia, and Vermont.

AVR in Illinois will:

  • Strengthen the security of our voting system, minimize the risk of errors, and make our voter lists more accurate.
  • Reduce operating costs to the state, eliminate wasteful red tape, and save taxpayers money over time.
  • Make Election Day run more smoothly and ensure every eligible voter – Democrat, Republican, and Independent – has an opportunity to have their voice heard.
  • Boost registration rates and enhance civic participation, especially for people with disabilities, active military, and senior citizens.

AVR is a common sense approach to improving our voting and election system.  In 2016, AVR bills passed the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.

If you believe it’s time to modernize our registration system and make Illinois a national leader in voter participation, please sign-up here for news and updates from CHANGE Illinois.


Review the AVR legislation click here (SB1933) and here (HB3695).

Find more AVR resources and talking points, visit Just Democracy Illinois.

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