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Rauner vetoes automatic voter sign-up, cites fraud concerns

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed automatic voter registration in Illinois Friday, saying that despite overwhelming support in the General Assembly, the legislation doesn't do enough to safeguard against fraud.

Although embracing the concept and pledging to work on revisions, the Republican's veto message battered the plan for what he perceives as weaknesses that invite breakdowns in the system's integrity.

"The consequences could be injurious to our election system," Rauner wrote. "We know that non-citizens have registered to vote in Illinois after obtaining a driver's license and voted in recent elections. ... Each of these cases of voter fraud was caught by...

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