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Illinois voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants

In this Nov. 21, 2007, photo, Elizabeth Keathley, a Philippine citizen in the U.S. on a marriage visa, cuts rice noodles as she prepares a traditional Filipino dish for dinner in Bloomington, Ill. She applied for a driver’s license and was sent a voting registration card. She voted in 2006. In processing her green card, immigration authorities discovered she had voted, and she was ordered removed. However, judges determined she did not falsely represent herself, allowing her to stay.

Associated Press

February 10, 2020

The day Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver's license upended her life. When a clerk offered to register her to vote in 2005, the Peruvian citizen mistakenly accepted, leading to long legal battles and eventually deportation. A decade and a half later, she struggles to find...

Illinois to continue voter registration program after error

The Secretary of State’s office in downtown Chicago.

Associated Press

January 28, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that there are no plans to suspend Illinois' automatic voter registration program as election officials work to contain the fallout from more than 500 people being mistakenly registered. A "programming error” by Secretary of State Jesse White's office led to 545 people — who indicated they weren't U.S. citize...

Programming error registers hundreds of non-citizens

The Secretary of State’s office in downtown Chicago.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

January 26, 2020

After years of pleas by voting rights advocates for the Secretary of State’s office to improve implementation of Automatic Voter Registration, Secretary Jesse White revealed in a letter that over 500 of those who marked they were not U.S. citizens were accidentally registered to vote through AVR between Jul...

Illinois voter registration bill sparks controversy over implementation

Illinois voter registration bill sparks controversy over implementation

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2020

Automatic voter registration seemed to be the only thing Illinois state Democrats and Republicans could agree on in 2017. The bill received not only bipartisan, but unanimous support by state senators, making Illinois the 10th state to sign in automatic voter registration in August 2017. Throughout th...

Voter registration, education push at DePaul for midterm election

Courtney Jacquin

October 26, 2014

First-year students at DePaul are presented with a plethora of new opportunities: Classes, organizations, all that city life in Chicago has to offer and for many, the chance to vote for the first time. Read More »...

DePaul political groups prepare for November with voter registration

Brenden Moore

September 28, 2014

Voter registration drives will be taking place on campus as several Democratic and Republican groups prepare for the hotly-contested mid-term elections in November. While Illinois is solidly blue nationally, the state has a close race for governor currently in progress with most polls showing incumbent...

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