Brent Hassert, lobbyist for the Will County Board, said the county should act fast to persuade lawmakers to lessen the blow associated with new legislation requiring same-day voter registration. “Time is of the essence. We can’t drag our feet. [Let’s bring lawmakers] up to speed on our concerns,” Hassert told members of the County Board’s Legislative and Policy Committee on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 172, signed into law Monday by now-former Gov. Pat Quinn, requires Illinois counties with a population of at least 100,000 to offer same-day voter registration at every polling place by the March 2016 election.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots last week said the mandate would mean nearly $1 million in start-up costs to buy electronic poll books – or computer tablets with voting capabilities – and for training election judges about the new systems.