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U.S. Judge Won't Reverse Ruling On Illinois Same-Day Voter Registration Law

"Courtroom One Gavel" by Flickr User Beth Cortez-Neavel / (CC BY 2.0)

A federal judge denied an Illinois attorney general's office request for him to reverse his decision halting same-day voter registration at polling stations.

A Thursday hearing in Chicago federal court lasted just minutes as Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan denied the request.

He ruled earlier this week that, as-written,  the same-day registration options benefited Democratic strongholds, such as Chicago, and disadvantaged rural regions.

Lisa Madigan's office argued that yanking the option so close to the Nov. 8 election would unfairly deny some citizens voting rights.

But in a two-page written explanation Thursday explaining his latest ruling, Der-Yeghiayan says:

"This court did not restrict the rights of any voters. The legislation did."

Madigan's office will now appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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