FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Judge Rules Election Day Registration is Unconstitutional
Joliet, IL (September 27, 2016) – Will County Clerk, Nancy Schultz Voots, wants to inform Will County residents that an order was issued today by United States District Court Judge, Samuel Der-Yeghiayan. The court order alleges facts that suggest Election Day Registration (EDR) operates to provide unfair benefits to some United States citizens in Illinois and imposes severe hardships on certain other citizens’ right to vote in Illinois based on what county in which they reside. The lawsuit was filed to protect the rights of citizens in the low-population counties without electronic polling books to ensure that they have the same opportunity to vote as voters in high-population counties. They contend that EDR violates the equal protection rights of voters in low-population counties without electronic polling books.
Therefore, Election Day Registration at each of our 300 precincts in Will County will not take place. Residents must take action to meet the registration deadlines of in-person by October 11th and online by October 23rd. The only location eligible to conduct Same Day Registration on Election Day for the voters in Will County would be at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet.
For this and other election related information, visit the Will County Clerk’s website: www.thewillcountyclerk.com.