Political parties split over Senate bill that makes voting more accessible

ILLINOIS (WIFR) — Just over a month away from the Nov. 8 election, early voting begins in Illinois.

Illinois state Democrats gathered Thursday morning to urge people to vote, pointing to Senate Bill 825, which allows eligible people to vote permanently by mail.

Rep. Maurice West has sponsored the bill and says it benefits those on both sides of the aisle.

“Even if you don’t plan to vote for my colleagues, we don’t care about this press conference. We just want to make sure you know that voter accessibility has increased, not decreased in the state. of Illinois. ,” he said.

However, the bill received no support from Republicans, with neither House or Illinois Senate voting “Yes”. State Senator Dave Syverson was one such person.

“Why aren’t we doing things to take people’s concerns away, making sure the system is pure and protected?” Syverson said.

Syverson and his fellow Republicans want more safeguards in place to make sure people don’t abuse the system.

“Signatures are supposed to be checked when they come in to see if there is a problem or not, but will all of the clerk’s offices be careful to check them?”

But West and other Democrats say the extra oversight isn’t necessary because voter fraud is so rare.

“When you look at the stats on what our fraud looks like in Illinois, it’s abysmal, it’s small. And so mail-in voting is not corrupt,” West told 23 News.

Election experts from the Heritage Foundation say there have been no cases of voter fraud since 2018. Even though there has been a lot of voter fraud around the 2020 presidential election, so far the statements are false.

Norman D. Briggs