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August 28, 2017

CHANGE Illinois lauds PUSH voter registration campaigns


August 18, 2017 

CHANGE Illinois lauds PUSH voter registration campaigns



CHICAGO:   Despite the political gridlock in Springfield, lawmakers passed an Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill which will be signed Monday, August 28, 2017, by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive one day before it would have legally become law.

Ra Joy, executive director of the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics (CHANGE) Illinois, made the announcement during the live Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast held at the PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. where he praised PUSH for its voter registration campaigns.

Saying Mayor Harold Washington had a lifetime commitment to expanding voter registration, Joy said, “I look forward to reinforcing the legacy of Mayor Washington.”

A similar celebration will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 29th, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters.

“Illinois will become the first states in the Midwest to have AVR,” said Joy to a cheering audience. AVR will change voting from an opt-in to an opt-out procedure.

Saying, “This is a big deal for our state, a giant step forward,” Joy said AVR will add 1.13 million voters to the rolls “that will save the state both time and money.”

Passage of this bill makes Illinois the ninth state to have automatic voter registration. Calling on all states to adopt AVR, Rev. Jackson took a swipe at Trump’s commission.

Recently, Rev. Jackson denounced President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission created to expose alleged massive voter fraud during last year’s presidential election. Jackson said there is no evidence of voter fraud but rather there is clear evidence of voter suppression.

Jackson called Trump’s commission a “fraud” because the president is trying to get states to turn over vital voter information including Social Security numbers, date of birth, 10-year voting history, name, address and party affiliation information Jackson said would be cyber thieves playground for potential voter fraud.

He said the commission is another tool Trump is using to make it more difficult to vote by suppressing the vote through fear and other “Jim Crow” tactics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The proof, Jackson said, is from the last election where 40 counties with the largest Black populations were allocated 158 fewer polling places. Trump won Wisconsin by 27,000 votes, but Jackson said about 300,000 couldn’t vote because they lacked the newly required forms of ID. “Turnout in 2016 was the lowest in decades” especially in Milwaukee where Jackson said 70 percent of the state’s Blacks live.  Polling places on many universities were moved miles from the campuses.

The answer to voter suppression, Jackson said, is Automatic Voter Registration, which would put millions of people on the voting rolls. He urged the Democrats to create their own independent commission designed to end voter suppression. “Voting is the essential right in a democracy. It needs to be protected not suppressed,” said Jackson.

That’s why Rev. Jackson has convened his own voter commission aimed at exposing voter suppression schemes.
















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