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Governor says he looks forward to signing Stuart’s voting rights bill


Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday said he looks forward to signing the newly passed voting rights bill championed by a Metro East legislator.

Pritzker issued the following statement on the passage of HB 1871, a bill that authorizes local election authorities to use of drop boxes and curbside voting.  State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, pushed the bill through the Legislature.

“Georgia is the most egregious example of voting rights being restricted but far too many states are making it hard to vote. Here in Illinois, we’re shining a bright light on how to make it easier, taking lessons we learned in the pandemic and applying them to the future. I applaud our General Assembly for voting to strengthen vote-by-mail opportunities here in Illinois by allowing local election authorities to use drop boxes and curbside voting. In Illinois, voters will have safe and convenient options to exercise this fundamental, constitutional right. I want to particularly thank Senator Morrison and Representative Stuart for sponsoring this legislation, and I look forward to signing this bill into law to ensure every Illinoisan, especially those who are too often left behind, have their voices heard in our government.”

PHOTO: Gov. Pritzker, left, and state Rep. Katie Stuart. File

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