Tuesday, July 05, 2016 04:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD - A measure sponsored by State Senator Terry Link that would assist in cleaning voter rolls and modernizing the election process was signed into law Thursday.
The legislation, Senate Bill 1529, would allow the state to create the Electronic Registration Information (ERIC) Operations Fund. ERIC is an organization that collects voter information across states to update voter rolls.
“Something that we continually have to do is preserve the integrity of our elections. By investing in our election system, we can ensure a smoother and more transparent process,” Link said.
The legislation also would allow for the use of digital signatures for election materials, such as voter registration cards, applications to vote and applications to vote by mail.
“Living in the 21st century means we can create a more modern system that will also achieve the goal of creating a smoother voting process. This is about making it easier to vote so everyone who should have a say gets their voice heard,” Link said.
The legislation went into effect immediately upon the governor signing the legislation.
Sen. Terry Link
Assistant Majority Leader
Years served: 1997 - Present
Committee assignments: Energy; Executive; Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions (Vice Chairperson); Gaming; Insurance.
Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>