State Week: Harmon Elected Senate President; Automatic Voter Registration Applied To 500 Noncitizens
State Sen. Don Harmon is now president of the Illinois Senate. Meanwhile, state officials say more than 500 non-citizens were inadvertently registered to vote.
Harmon was elevated to the top job over his colleague Sen. Kimberly Lightford, who will remain in her No. 2 role as Majority Leader. He reportedly won an initial, secret vote among Senate Democrats by a count of 22-17. After hours of negotiations, he emerged with unanimous support.
Also this week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office revealed that a computer glitch had inadvertently, automatically registered as many as 545 non-U.S. citizens to vote. The office stresses that the problem was in software at the state's drivers' services facilities, and not fraud on the part of the people who were registered.
Reportedly just 15 of the people registered are thought to have actually cast ballots, and at least three of them are in fact U.S. citizens who checked the wrong box on a keypad at a secretary of state's office. Nevertheless, Republicans and Democrats are demanding answers and have called for legislative hearings on the matter.