Our view: Verification needed with online voter registration
It’s understandable that Illinois residents might be wary of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to allow residents to register to vote online.
Illinois is, after all, the place where the phrase “vote early and vote often” is most identified with, an infamous reference to the supposed practice of corrupt politicians ensuring a win by finding creative ways to stuff ballot boxes.
Supporters say online registration could benefit 2 million people qualified but not registered to vote. Republicans often skeptically view ideas that make it easier to vote, since it likely would benefit those who traditionally vote for their opponents, such as low-income and minority voters.
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