Should Registering To Vote Be Made Easier?

CHICAGO (CBS) — With voter registrations still on the low side, local elections officials are debating whether it should be easier for people to register.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen says one of the reasons for low voter registrations is that the system for signing up to vote hasn’t kept up with the younger generation or its technology.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“When you walk downtown, you see everybody – they no longer make eye contact anymore. They’re all looking down with these little devices, and they expect to be able to register with these little devices,” Allen said. “They expect to be able to do everything at the last minute.”

But Lake County Clerk Willard Helander doesn’t agree with Allen’s assessment.

“I really think it’s a red herring to say voting registration is not accessible,” she said. “People run to get a movie out of Redbox if they don’t’ use Netflix, and there are trips made young people, old people, all sorts of people every day to do things that are important to them.”

Helander points out also that voters can now register online.

Voting and voter registration are the topics on WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” this coming Sunday. You can hear more from the experts at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

  • tom sharp

    The answer to the question is NO! In fact, I think people should have to pass an IQ before they can vote. Then we might be able to dump crooks like J. Jackson, Burke and Madigan.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      EXACTLY Tom !!!! LOL !!!! You know the fuking democrats want to make it easier, he ll they want illegals have the right to vote!!!

  • Me

    How much easy can they SAFELY make it?? With an App, there is no checking that you are a legal voter of the state or are the actual person claiming to vote….not that Chicago protects against that in the first place.

    When I moved to Illinois, I was registered vote when I went and got my state issued ID…AKA Driver’s License, and later a State ID as a backup. I still have to show my state issued ID to vote, to cash a check, to by liquor…

  • PG

    How about instead of doing a story about a politician trying to make it “easier” to register to vote, maybe a story could be done on why people don’t do it. I think that if the media got its head out of its rear end, and actually talked to citizens, they might find out that people don’t register because they see all the politicians in this state as being the corrupt crooks that they really are and don’t want to have any part of the election process as a result?

  • Jack

    The biggest b.s. is that you don’t need to show ID when you vote. Of course the democrats like that. Voter fraud helps them.

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