State Capitol - Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that makes same-day voter registration permanent.
The concept was tried out for the Nov. 4 election under legislation lawmakers approved in the spring. The plan also extended early voting and made it easier to vote on college campuses.
The House approved the plan 70-44 on Wednesday. The Senate followed with a 40-17 vote.
Supporters say voters should have every opportunity to register and cast a ballot through Election Day and say long lines at same-day registration locations was evidence of its popularity. But opponents say it's too early to tell. Republican state Rep. Ed Sullivan says more data is needed. Republican State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth called it the "Voter Fraud Act of 2014."
Democratic House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie is a bill co-sponsor. She says same-day registration will help increase participation. -Doug Wolfe & Ed Cross at the Illinois State Capitol.
(Pictured: The Illinois House on December 3, 2014)