QUINCY -- Voter registration is going to become a lot easier in Illinois starting July 1, and Quincy will be host to the first of five public hearings on the new law next week.
Matt Dietrich, a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said a hearing on the automatic voter registration law will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 405 Vermont. Officials will explain how the system works and answer questions. Local election officials and lawmakers also may be present.
"Those eligible to vote will be able to do so when obtaining or renewing their driver's license or state-issued ID, and eventually, when they interact with certain state agencies," Dietrich said in a release.
The automatic voter registration law contains measures to prevent people who are not eligible to vote from registering and also has provisions that allow those who are eligible but do not want to be registered to
In addition to the Illinois secretary of state, voter registration may be done by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Adams County Clerk Chuck Venvertloh said the law also was written to mesh with the REAL ID system that has more secure identification procedures.
Officials estimate there are about 2.2 million people in the state who would be eligible to vote but are not registered.
Tuesday's hearing will be open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Dietrich at 217-558-1955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public comments on the law may be sent to election specialist Dustin Schultz at email@example.com.
Other hearings will be held in Collinsville, Rockford, Mount Prospect and Charleston.