Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal appeals court has granted a stay of a lower court’s ruling halting same-day voter registration at Illinois polling stations.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday also ordered the Illinois attorney general’s office and lawyers for state Republicans to file briefs by Thursday on why the case should have an expedited appeal.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan (dehr-YAY’-gehn) ruled last month the same-day registration option as written benefited Democratic strongholds, like Chicago, and disadvantaged rural regions.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office argued yanking the option so close to the Nov. 8 election would unfairly deny some citizens voting rights.

Republicans sued in August, arguing the poll-level registration rules created an unfair and unequal system because voters in less populated and GOP-leaning areas of Illinois didn’t have equal access.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Download The App

Listen Live