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Election 2014: Same-day Illinois voter registration means longer lines

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com  
Election judges (second from left) Mark Matenaer, Alice Truszkowski and Sharon Case assist voters for precincts 47 and 31 at the Cary fire station #1 on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Election judges (second from left) Mark Matenaer, Alice Truszkowski and Sharon Case assist voters for precincts 47 and 31 at the Cary fire station #1 on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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.

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