voting http://wuis.org en Legislation Aims To Preserve Schools As Polling Places http://wuis.org/post/legislation-aims-preserve-schools-polling-places <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois lawmakers are looking to keep schools available as polling places on election day. It comes as some election authorities move to what critics say are less accessible locations.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:04:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26643 at http://wuis.org Legislation Aims To Preserve Schools As Polling Places Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' http://wuis.org/post/madigan-voting-rights-we-dont-know-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:53 +0000 Brian Mackey 22627 at http://wuis.org Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' Madigan's Voting Rights Law Makes Strides http://wuis.org/post/madigans-voting-rights-law-makes-strides <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was hard pressed when asked to give an example of a case in Illinois when an eligible voter was denied access to register or to take a ballot.</span></p><p>"I'm not in the position to cite examples ..."</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:00:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22151 at http://wuis.org Madigan's Voting Rights Law Makes Strides More Counties Cleaning Up Voter Rolls http://wuis.org/post/more-counties-cleaning-voter-rolls <p>State election regulators say more than a dozen Illinois counties have purged their voter registration rolls to remove the names of people who've died or moved away. &nbsp;</p><p>The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/19rHR6b ) 17 counties and the city of East St. Louis fixed problems on their lists of registered voters. &nbsp;<br />County clerks are required to purge voter rolls every two years. But some counties say there isn't enough money in the budget to cover the sometimes costly review.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Associated Press 16891 at http://wuis.org More Counties Cleaning Up Voter Rolls