- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - County clerks in the congressional district of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say they’re scrambling to comply with a new Illinois voting law ahead of a primary election vote to replace him.

The new state law requires counties to let voters register and vote on election day at polling places. The law takes effect June 1 and the special primary election for Schock’s seat is July 7, leaving clerks little time to find money for computer upgrades and to give training about registration.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (https://bit.ly/1HkZc07) reports some state lawmakers are considering pushing back the launch of same-day registration and voting. The move is supported by state Sens. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, and Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

“We can’t wait until May 31 to do this,” Barickman said.

Clerks in Sangamon and Logan counties say they’re planning to be in compliance with the new law by the July 7 primary.

“I don’t have time to waste,” Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray said.

Springfield will play host to county clerks’ annual statewide conference next week. Clerks from McLean and Tazewell counties say they’ll wait to make a final decision on the new law at the conference.

Kathy Michael, who’s the clerk in McLean County, said she recognizes that state lawmakers have other problems to think about. Lawmakers have worked in recent weeks to fill holes in the current and next year’s budget.

“They have their hands full,” Michael said.

Schock resigned last month amid questions about his spending, including a redo of his Washington, D.C., office in the style of “Downton Abbey.” He’s under federal investigation.

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