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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — The Illinois Senate passed a bill expanding vote by mail for the 2020 election Friday.

The bill will automatically send an application for a vote-by-mail ballot to any person who has voted in the past two years, in the 2018 general election, the 2019 consolidated election or the 2020 primary election. Anyone who registered to vote after the 2020 primary will also receive an application for a vote-by-mail ballot.

The bill also declares Election Day, November 3, 2020, a state holiday.

House and Senate committees debated the bill Thursday, but Republicans raised concerns.

“We’ve tripled the possibility of voter fraud,” Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis said. “I realize you don’t want that, I don’t want that, but I’m concerned that this does not help prevent voter fraud in fact it makes it easier.”

“Republicans generally speaking have been in favor of suppressing the vote, all across the nation they think it’s bad for them when more people vote,” Governor JB Pritzker said.

In the end, it SB1863 passed 37-19.

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