Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has issued a news release outlining rules for early voting and grace period registration/voting for the Nov. 4 election in light of a new state law enacted July 1.
Early voting will extend through Nov. 2.
Grace period registration/voting has been extended through the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Will County, Voter Registration, Voting Laws, Voter ID laws, 2014 Elections
Illinois residents will be able to register to vote on Election Day, have more time to vote early and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early under a plan signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Supporters wanted a trial run with the new rules, so the law only applies to the elections in November, with the goal of expanding it later.
Quinn called the plan critical to a democracy and said he wanted to make voting “as easy as possible.”
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Voter Registration, Voting Laws, 2014 Elections
Last week, operatives tied to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee launched what they call a 50-state initiative to promote voting reforms that would make it easier to cast a ballot. The effort is being run by American Values First, an outside group organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and run by Michael Sargeant, the DLCC’s executive director. Democrats will push legislation similar to a Colorado measure signed into law earlier this year that requires all elections to be conducted by mail.
Legislators in at least seven other states will propose bills that would tweak election laws in other ways. In some states controlled by Democrats, the measures have a good chance to pass. In other states with divided control or that operate under Republican control, Democrats plan to use the measures as political cudgels, painting the GOP as opposed to basic voting rights.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Voting Laws