From Chicago: A new state law requires counties with populations of 100,000 or more to offer Election Day voter registration at all polling places. However, the law does not require counties with lower populations to offer Election Day voter registration at all polling places – making it more difficult for people to register to vote in some areas of the state than others.
The lawsuit the Liberty Justice Center announced on Thursday, it seeks to strike down this law for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Due to the closeness of the election, the Liberty Law Center is seeking an injunction against the law being applied in this November’s election. They will then seek to have it rewritten, to apply equally to all 102 Illinois counties.
“The government shouldn’t make it harder for people in some parts of the state to register and vote,” said Jacob Huebert, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. “It’s unfair to those voters, and it’s unfair to candidates who draw a lot of their support from downstate counties with lower populations. Everyone has a right to the same opportunity to vote. If Illinois is going to have Election Day voter registration at polling places, it should be available statewide. And it should be fair.”