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House Democrats propose election-day registration

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 11:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:06 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Democrats have advanced a bill in the Illinois House to allow election-day voter registration.

The proposal by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie was approved 7-4 in a committee on Friday, as the spring session draws to a close.

The Chicago Democrat's proposal would extend in-person early voting hours and allow voters to register on election day.

It also would remove identification requirements for in-person early voting and allow public universities to serve as locations for election day in-person absentee voting.

The changes would be in effect for the November election.

Advocates say it would help register thousands of voters who were turned away in past elections.

Republicans say the move is an attempt to drive Democratic turnout in a close, nationally watched governor's race.

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