County clerks concerned about special election

SPRINGFIELD - County clerks in the 18th Congressional District say they have concerns about a special election that will be held to fill resigning U.S. Representative Aaron Schock's position.

Last week, Schock announced his resignation, effective March 31.  Some county clerks within Schock's Congressional District met in Springfield on Friday to ask legislators to delay the effective date of a new law that allows same-day voter registration.  That new law is scheduled to take effect June 1.

Governor Bruce Rauner will announce the date of a special election to replace Schock after March 31, and officials believe that election is likely to occur after the new law goes into effect.  However, county clerks in Schock's district say there's not enough time or money to prepare for that change, with the McLean County Clerk estimating that it would cost $300,000 to implement the new law at all polling places.
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