Voting hours proposal worries some county clerks

Published 06/23 2014 05:12PM

Updated 06/24 2014 10:50AM

DECATUR -- A new proposal could give voters more time to get ready for Election Day, but not everyone is happy about it. The plan would extend county clerks' office hours the week before and allow people to register to vote on Election Day. 

Clerks are worried about the plan because, even though it is supposed to increase voter participation, clerks worry it could just add extra burdens to their staff. 

The plan calls for being open until 7:00 pm the week before the election, as well as for 14 hours the weekend before. It would also extend in-person early voting hours and allow people to register on Election Day. That means extra hours to count absentee votes and more people to man the stations on Election Day. 

The proposal passed the House and the Senate and now awaits Governor Quinn's signature. It would only change things for this upcoming November election.

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