CHICAGO (CBS) — The Governor signed a bill this morning making registering to vote easier for Illinois residents, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.

At the Chicago Public Library in the Logan Square neighborhood, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that, among other things, allows people to register to vote online.

“We’re moving Democracy into the 21st Century,” said Quinn.

He had support of groups like Chicago Votes, whose Executive Director Rebecca Reynolds says there are 500,000 people in the City eligible to vote, but unable to register.

“We know this is because it is so very hard to register to vote and that there are serious barriers to access this is one of the greatest steps in advancing and expanding our Democracy,” said Reynolds.

Seventeen other states have already passed similar legislation. Illinois is the 2nd largest state in the union to do so.

The state board of elections is charged with implementing an online system which should be available by July next year.

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