One central Illinois county clerk is angry with Illinois lawmakers who forced same-day voter registration at the polls on counties across the state.
McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael is angry. She's using words like “stupid,” “short-sighted” and “wasteful” to describe the 2014 law that requires Illinois counties with more than 100,000 people to offer same-day registration at the polls, a law Michael said lawmakers never should have approved.
"Nobody in the legislature wants to disenfranchise voters. And yet this law disenfranchises certain voters," Michael said "It's just a dumb thing to pass."
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A judge struck down a part of Illinois' law to allow same-day voter registration at the polls.
Michael never liked the law that allowed for same-day registration at the polls. She said it's another mandate from Springfield that doesn't take into account the reality in Illinois' counties.
"If (lawmakers) had just said 'We need to make this for the entire state' it would've been very simple," Michael said. "But to me, the stupidity or the arrogance or I don't know what it is. Why would you do that."
Michael is now in a bind. Thousands of students at Illinois State University registered at the campus polling place on primary day in March. She worries they'll be angry when they have to go to her office to register in November.
Michael is also not happy she spent $200,000 on same-day registration training and supplies; money she now fears may be wasted.