Cook County Clerk vows appeal of injunction in Election Day voter registration lawsuit

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CHICAGO — During a rally at Daley Plaza promoting National Voter Registration Day, Cook County Clerk David Orr said there will certainly be an appeal of an injunction preventing Election Day voter registration at polling places.

A federal lawsuit seeks to stop the practice of Election Day registration at polling places in Illinois. Republicans argue that it is unconstitutional since it is only mandated in densely populated areas like Chicago.

A federal judge granted an injunction Tuesday morning.

“We have a lot of counties in Illinois with 10,000 people, but up here in Cook County we’ve got two and a half million people, and those people move a lot more than in certain counties,” Orr said. “Those people do have a right to vote. We believe the judge is wrong in granting the injunction.”

Over 100,000 people registered to vote on Election Day during the March primary. Registration will still be allowed on the day of the November general election, but not at polling places.

More than 90 registration events are taking place Tuesday throughout Cook County, all part of National Voter Registration Day.

Tuesday morning kicked off with civic groups and election volunteers fanning out at transit hubs like the 95th Street CTA station, and various colleges.

Orr says interest in the upcoming election may be higher following Monday night’s Presidential debate. He says voter turnout was over 70 percent during the last Presidential election and he believes that will be the case again this year, despite two of the most unpopular Presidential candidates in U.S. history.

To see if you’re registered to vote in Illinois, click here. 


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