Plainfield – On September 27, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan granted a motion to eliminate Illinois’ Election Day voter registration policy in all 102 of its counties. The decision came via a case in which plaintiffs claimed that Illinois’ Election Day Registration policy was unconstitutional because it was mandated in all counties, yet only larger populated counties were required to have Election Day Registration available at each polling place.
Foreseeing the logistical issue within the polling places, and the legal issue within the courts, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) last year filed House Bill 2936 that sought to change same-day registration from every precinct in large counties to 1 per 100,000 voters.
Now, he’d like to refile language which would require one Election Day Registration polling place per each township throughout the State. He stated, “I believed the plan was unconstitutional last year, as only some voters had easy access to same-day voting. It was also a logistical nightmare requiring it at every location because too much extra staff and equipment were needed, including high-speed internet at each precinct. This all slowed the process for people who took the time to pre-register, to simply vote. It cost the county I live in about $1.6 million to support extra voters at overworked polling places.”
“I am currently drafting a bill requiring at least one same day registration site per township throughout the State. These locations can be staffed properly with the proper resources, and we can have separate operations in place for pre-registered and same-day voters. A more centralized location for same-day voters will make the process more efficient for all voters, and make Illinois’ elections less convoluted.”