Jim Oberweis’ statement on mail-in ballot legislation signed into law
June 16, 2020
For Immediate Release
Sugar Grove, IL – State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) and candidate for Congress in the 14th District is issuing the following statement on action Governor JB Pritzker took today in signing the mail-in-ballot legislation into law.
Below is Obeweis’ statement on the signing of SB 1863 and HB 2238 into law.
“As I have stated before, I think there is a better way to do this. When this legislation was debated on the Senate floor, I proposed that we simply include the mail-in-ballot applications with the Constitutional Amendment materials that are required by law to be sent to voters. It made no sense to me to send out ballot applications in a separate mailing. Whenever there is a Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot, information including the exact wording of the Constitutional Amendment is required to be sent to voters. So, why not just include a ballot application in that mailing?
This could have saved taxpayers millions of dollars in postage and would have ensured that 1 million more voters would have received ballot applications. A state government with a more than $6 billion budget hole should be looking for ways to save money – not spend more money. My suggestion would have saved taxpayers money and provided applications to more voters but instead the Democrat majority and the Governor chose to ignore common sense and spend more taxpayer dollars. Are Democrats trying to suppress voter turnout? No wonder Illinois is in such a mess financially.”