Illinois Republicans Want To Shut Down Same-Day Voter Registration

by Kira Lerner – As Illinois’ Republican governor vetoed legislation that would have allowed the state to automatically register millions of voters, state Republicans filed a lawsuit attempting to make it even more difficult for people to register to vote. Illinois currently allows voters to register on Election Day in counties with populations of more than 100,000 people. Some polling places in smaller counties can get away without allowing same-day registration, as long as they allow the practice at the county’s main office or at polling places in larger population centers. In a lawsuit filed in federal court last month, members of the state GOP claim that same-day registration shouldn’t be allowed because it’s “unfair” and “unequal” and favors Democratic candidates. “This scheme’s arbitrary geographic discrimination appears to have been designed to benefit candidates who draw support from high-population counties at the expense of candidates who draw support from low-population counties,”...

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