CHICAGO — Some Illinoisans taking advantage of a policy adopted this year allowing Election Day voter registration have ended up in long lines.
Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen spoke to reporters about the issue during a Tuesday afternoon conference call.
About 400 people stood in a line that wrapped around a hallway at the Board of Elections' Chicago offices. One man had someone hold his place in line while he ran out to refresh a parking meter. Another woman said she waited 3 ½ hours.
Allen says it's the first time the city has dealt with Election Day voter registration. The state of Illinois mandated same-day registration.
Allen says the process is time consuming because data needs to be checked to ensure voters aren't registered elsewhere.