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Tue Sep 27, 2016, 02:59 PM

Judge's Ruling Reduces Election Day Registration in Illinois

Source: Associated Press

Judge's Ruling Reduces Election Day Registration in Illinois

By SOPHIA TAREEN, ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO Sep 27, 2016, 1:41 PM ET

Voters in highly populated areas of Illinois will have fewer Election Day registration options after a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the wider same-day registration instituted in 2015 that Republicans claim is unconstitutional.

Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move blocks same-day registration at polling places in mostly urban areas like Chicago for the Nov. 8 election. The court must still take up the wider question about poll-level registration.

State lawmakers broadened same-day registration last year after the 2014 pilot program led to long lines, particularly in Chicago.

Republicans, including a north-central Illinois congressional candidate and a party committee, filed a lawsuit in August, arguing that the registration is an unfair and unequal system because voters in less populated and GOP-leaning areas don't have equal access.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/judges-ruling-reduces-election-day-registration-illinois-42393231

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