Facing a $1.8 million price tag for implementation, Kane County is poised to ask Springfield politicians to back away from a new law requiring same-day voter registration at all polling places.A state law that just went active June 1 requires same-day registration at all polling places in counties and municipalities with populations of more than 100,000. The new law followed an experiment with same-day voter registration at a handful of polling places in each county during the November 2014 election.
County clerks decried the change when it went live earlier this month because of exorbitant implementation costs. The November 2014 experiment cost Kane County $278 per voter registered on Election Day just to have the mechanisms in place at five polling places, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said Thursday in urging a county board committee to fight the law.
“The conclusion by state lawmakers that it didn’t cost much money to do this is ridiculous,” Cunningham said. “Someone didn’t do their homework.”