This summer Illinois instituted a number of election law changes, but just for the November 4, 2014 election. The legislation:

  • Expanded the number of days and extended the hours for early voting;
  • Removed the requirement that people voting early show a photo ID;
  • Allowed students attending Illinois public universities to shift their residences from their hometowns to their school address and vote on Election Day at select on-campus locations, and;
  • Implemented Election Day Registration for the first time.

While Election Day Registration was originally approved only for 2014, last week the state legislature sent a bill to the governor that will make EDR permanent.

If the governor signs the bill, 13 states and the District of Columbia will have approved Election Day Registration. This does not include Utah, which is currently piloting a program to test Election Day Registration.

This year, 7 of the top 10 states in voter turnout offered Election Day Registration.

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