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Voter rights amendment passes Illinois House

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:20 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.

The House passed the proposal 107-5 vote Tuesday. It would change the state constitution to ensure no one is denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or income.

Madigan is also Illinois' Democratic Party chair. He noted recent efforts in other states making it more difficult to vote and said there could be "future efforts" in Illinois.

House GOP Leader Jim Durkin co-sponsored the proposal. He said Republicans need to make strides in being more inclusive.

The measure would be placed on the November ballot if it passes by a three-fifths margin in the Senate.

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The amendment is HJRCA52.

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