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Amendment protecting Ill. voters to go on ballot

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at preventing voter suppression has won Illinois Senate support.

The Senate approved the plan 52-0 Thursday. It passed the House on Tuesday.

Voters get the chance this fall to decide on the proposal, which would make sure no one is denied the chance to vote based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or income.

The idea came from House Speaker Michael Madigan — a Chicago Democrat — who was concerned by tighter voting restrictions in some states. Nine states have adopted restrictions in the last year. Wisconsin and Ohio have limited when polls are open.

Sponsoring state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago says he wants to outlaw any attempts at requiring photo IDs to vote.


The resolution is HJRCA52.


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