SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois voters will now be able to register online.
Saturday, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to bring the democratic process into the 21st century.
Illinois now joins 17 other states that allow residents to register online to vote.
Other states that offer online registration have found a boost in registration numbers, particularly among young people, and a lower processing cost.
Online voter registration is expected to be in place in Illinois by the 2014 General Election.