Illinois politicians work to admirably protect the First Amendment right to vote…
Illinois looks at improving voting rights protections
SPRINGFIELD (Tribune) — Illinois would beef up protections of eligible voters to ensure they can register and cast a ballot without fear of voter suppression under a measure Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan advanced Tuesday.
The proposed constitutional amendment, which would be placed on the November ballot, says no person should be denied voter rights based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language or income.
The measure seeks to counter a U.S. Supreme Court June 2013 ruling that dislodged part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and prompted eight states to attempt to restrict access to polling booths, Madigan said. States have required some voters to show photo identifications, a move that Madigan said has “disproportionally” impacted minorities and the poor.
If it makes the fall ballot and is approved, the amendment would prohibit both future General Assemblies and local election authorities from imposing various restrictions, the speaker said.
The proposal, which cleared a committee 16-0, now must get a three-fifths approval from the House and Senate by early May. Voters then would consider the question Nov. 4. The amendment would take effect if approved by either three-fifths of those voting on the amendment or a majority of those voting in the election.
And at the same time, after being forced to recognize Illinois’ residents’ Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms outside the four-corners of their homes, they enact legislation that requires applicants seeking “registration” to do so to:
- 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor.
- Electronic Copy of my training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
- An Illinois Digital I.D.
Java will be required for all of these computer functions to work correctly. To find out if you have the current Java click on this link and then click on “verify java version” to find out if you have Java. AGAIN – YOU MUST HAVE JAVA LOADED ON YOUR PC.
Visit the Illinois Digital ID website to obtain a digital ID.
NOTE: A separate website link is available if you have forgotten your Illinois Digital ID. username and/or password. If you have questions, visit the Illinois Digital ID website FAQ page or call the Central Management Services Help Desk at 1-866-465-9119 for assistance with the Digital ID. Questions regarding the Concealed Carry License application process should be directed to the Illinois State Police at 217-782-7980.
- A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
- A valid FOID card.
- A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
- Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
- Fingerprints – Electronic fingerprints will expedite your application! Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the Concealed Carry application (ORI = IL920707Z, Purpose Code = CCW).
NOTE: Applicants will be assigned a transaction control number (TCN) at the time of fingerprinting and will be required to retain that TCN to complete the application.
- $150.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.
The Illinois legislature finds it appropriate, upon being forced to recognize our rights to self defense, to impose a host of hoops, checks, taxes, screens and training requirements. Yet the mere suggestion that voters be able to show they are the voter whose ballot they seek to cast results in a cry of racist, excessive restriction.Whose side are they on?