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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The sponsor of legislation that allowed same-day voter registration for Illinois’ Nov. 4 election is working to make the change permanent.

Sen. Don Harmon said Wednesday he’s working with House lawmakers on an election law bill that could advance early next month.

The Oak Park Democrat says same-day registration was “an extraordinarily successful experiment and one that’s worth continuing.”

The Democrat-controlled Legislature passed a measure earlier this year to allow same-day registration for the Nov. 4 election only. They also extended early voting and made it easier to vote on college campuses.

Some Republicans criticized the measure as an attempt to boost Democratic turnout for a critical election.

Same-day registration led to long lines in some precincts. Harmon says he thinks election authorities will be better prepared in future elections.