A Report from the Legislative Hour on April 19: Find Out What's Happening with Election Bills in Illinois
The LWVIL Legislative Hour on April 19, 2021 featured Senator Julie Morrison and Representative Katie Stuart answering questions about prospects for election laws in this legislative session. Sharon Alter and Barb Laimins, LWVIL Election Law Specialists, provided this assessment of what was learned:
“[These two legislators] both anticipate an election omnibus bill to be passed this legislative session. Time for us to go to work and contact our legislators and encourage them to include provisions on the LWV election law position [sent out to all LWVIL members previously].
For those who weren't on the call today—they are open to state-wide uniformity for vote by mail ballots, preregistration for 16-year-olds, further clarification for ballot tracking, and candidates including an email when filing their petition papers for office.
Sadly, there does not seem to be enthusiasm in the Legislature for moving back the primary election dates or rank choice voting at this time according to Senator Morrison and Representative Stuart."
This Legislative Hour also included a report from Rep. Camille Lilly on the status of HB158, which addresses a variety of healthcare issues. The bill is currently with the governor for signature. Also included was a report from Senator L.G. Simms on HB3653, the criminal justice reform bill recently signed by the governor. "
Here's a direct link to the video of the session as posted by the Illinois League of Women Voters.
The Illinois League of Women Voters has a number of other videos on current issues. See their Webinar and Video Programs page to browse.