Governor Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to be able to register to vote online. The Chicago Democrat says the state's election process must move into the 21st century.
Supporters of the plan say online registration would make the process simpler and attract younger voters.
Republicans say they don't oppose the idea, but think the state should first focus on fixing its worst-in-the-nation pension crisis.
More than a dozen states, including Colorado, Nevada and Indiana, already offer online voter registration.