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Statement Of Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee On Illinois Senate Bill 1863 – House Amendment 5

Updated: May 22, 2020

Democrat Illinois Legislators are rushing to approve a new law to send a 2020 Mail In Ballot application to any Illinois voter who voted in the 2018 or 2019 elections or the 2020 primary election, but are deliberately excluding Presidential year voters from 2016 who turned out in record numbers.

"It is no secret that there was an unprecedented number of voters who were energized to register to vote and turnout in the 2016 General Election because they were tired of the status quo," said 10th Congressional District Republican nominee Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee. “It is not unreasonable for people to both want to vote and protect their health — and they should not have to choose like the voters in Wisconsin. The problem with the Illinois Democrats proposal is that they are intentionally excluding Republican leaning voters in an attempt to gain a political advantage during a public health crisis, which reflects very poorly on them.”

Ramirez Mukherjee proposed an alternate solution by which any voter who participated in 1 of the 13 elections held since the beginning of 2012 be sent a MAIL IN BALLOT application at their home address.

“The State of Illinois is flat broke so we don’t want to waste time, effort and money contacting anyone who may have moved, died or was automatically registered to vote in error. However, if someone took the time to participate in the last 8 years and is still registered to vote, we can reasonably assume they have an interest in who is running our government,” said Ramirez Mukherjee. “If we don’t reach out to these people regardless of who we think they may support, we are defeating the purpose of free and fair elections.”

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