Rauner vetoes automatic voter registration bill, despite overwhelming support

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. Dating back to the 1880s, the Pullman district, on the city's Far South Side, is one of the country's first company towns. The "town" was founded by George Pullman to house workers at his now-defunct Pullman Palace Car Co., which made luxurious rail cars. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago’s historic Pullman district a national monument. Dating back to the 1880s, the Pullman district, on the city’s Far South Side, is one of the country’s first company towns. The “town” was founded by George Pullman to house workers at his now-defunct Pullman Palace Car Co., which made luxurious rail cars. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois.

The Republican vetoed the plan Friday. He says he wants additional safeguards to ensure that those signed up to vote are eligible.

The legislation had overwhelming support in the General Assembly. It would have allowed visitors to a handful of Illinois government agencies to be automatically registered to vote unless they opted out.

Rauner says the legislation does not require applicants to affirm that they meet voting qualification or to sign an application. Both are required by federal law. He says it’s up to the State Board of Elections to weed out ineligible voters but that it’s ill-equipped to do so.

Rauner says he will continue to work on improvements.