Judge’s Ruling Reduces Election Day Registration In Illinois

September 27, 2016
In this March 18, 2014 file photo, voters cast their ballots in the Illinois primary in Hinsdale, Ill.

In this March 18, 2014 file photo, voters cast their ballots in the Illinois primary in Hinsdale, Ill.

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A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides with Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year's extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move on Tuesday temporarily blocks wider same-day registration lawmakers put into effect in 2015.

Voters will still be able to register on Nov. 8, just not at individual polling places. The state piloted same-day registration in 2014 at some locations.

The option was popular, especially in Chicago.

Republicans who filed the lawsuit say expanding same-day registration in highly populated areas doesn't provide equal access, particularly for voters in rural and Republican-leaning areas.

State Board of Elections general counsel Ken Menzel says the ruling will cause confusion. He says an appeal is likely.

Story source: AP