The Illinois State Board of Elections says the state's new automatic voter registration law is working.
ISBE spokesman Matt Dietrich said the second phase of the law, where the Secretary of State's Office started asking people if they want to register when they get a new drivers license, kicked off in July.
In the first three weeks, 20,000 people updated their registration or registered to vote for the first time, Dietrich said.
"It's pretty surprising to me that you have 20,000 new or updated voters," Dietrich said. "That shows how, number one, it's going to bring new people into the system. And number two, it's going to help the local jurisdictions keep accurate records."
Illinois has had motor voter in place for years. Dietrich said automatic registration just cuts out the letters that the Secretary of State used to send to the state board and local election offices.
"You sign an electronic signature pad. You're information goes, electronically, to us at the State Board of Elections," Dietrich said. "Then we transmit it to your local election authority that does the actual registration."
In the third phase of the law, Dietrich said that people will have to opt out of automatic voter registration.