Illinois will have same-day voter registration this election

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CHICAGO (AP) – Same-day voter registration will be allowed in Illinois this election because an appeals court ruled that a challenge to the law won’t be resolved until after Nov. 8.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday it would not expedite the case. This week the court issued a ruling temporarily canceling a lower-court ruling that would’ve blocked the law because a judge concluded it discriminated against Illinois’ rural GOP-leaning areas.

The conservative Illinois Policy Institute’s lawsuit is still pending but it won’t impact this election.

Under the law, counties with more than 100,000 residents must allow Election Day registration. Smaller counties that keep electronic records must do the same, but voters in places without electronic records must travel to the county’s main election office or a larger municipality.