Madigan's voting rights amendment advances

2014-04-01T12:52:00Z Madigan's voting rights amendment advancesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 01, 2014 12:52 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

A House committee unanimously passed the proposal Tuesday that would change the state constitution to ensure that no one is denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or income.

Madigan is also Illinois' Democratic Party chair. He noted recent efforts in other states to make it more difficult to vote. He says he's concerned that there could be "future efforts" to do so in Illinois.

The measure now heads to the full House. It would be placed on the November general election ballot for voter approval if it receives supermajority support in both houses of the Legislature.

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