There’s a growing push to change how Illinois handles early voting. The first day of early voting for the March 20th primary was Feb. 8. That’s 40 days before the election. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago spokesman Jim Allen told a crowd at an Illinois Campaign for Political Reform event on Thursday that Illinois’ early voting law is unworkable because it requires local election offices to be ready a month and ten days before the actual election day. “Forty days is a Biblical number. It doesn’t work for elections,” Allen said. “It’s time in the desert, it’s time on the mount, it’s not early voting time. We were doing great with 15 to 20 days for many, many years.”
Allen said that most local election offices across the state agree with him.
Illinois changed the voting law back in 2015. Lawmakers essentially rolled what was called absentee voting into early voting. That’s how Illinois came to have 40 days of early voting.
The requirement that early voting begin that early, Allen said, causes problems with ballot challenges.
And he said it expects too much from voters.
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