Republican Leader Jim Durkin Backs Voting Rights Amendment

Springfield, IL… House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) believes that that no Illinois citizen should be denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot which is why he is co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 52.

“The right to vote is a privilege of being an American citizen and living in a democracy.  We just went through a primary election in which turnout was woefully low.  I hope this constitutional amendment will eliminate any fear of discrimination potential eligible voters may have, and as a result will encourage more Illinoisans to exercise their right to vote,” said Durkin.    

HJRCA52 provides that no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election based on race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income. 

In order to amend the constitution, HJRCA52 must first be approved by a super majority of members of the House (71 votes) and Senate (36 votes).  If the resolution is adopted by both chambers, a question will be drafted asking voters on the upcoming November ballot whether or not to amend the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution.     

“Illinois is a diverse state facing many challenges and an engaged electorate will foster change.   It is important for everyone who is eligible to vote is able to have their voice heard and not fear discrimination when voting,” Durkin concluded.