CHAMPAIGN- Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is launching a petition and informing voters about a court ruling that will suppress voter rights.

On National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 28, a federal judge blocked Election Day voter registration at polling places in Illinois, declaring a state law allowing the practice unconstitutional because it created one set of rules for cities and another for rural areas.

“Voting is an essential right,” Bennett said.

Champaign County saw record-breaking turnout for the 2016 primary election due in large part to same day registration.

“Everyone continues to say we need to find ways for more people to be engaged in the democratic process and take an active role in government,” Bennett said. “Taking away a method for students, seniors and area residents to be involved is counter-productive and undemocratic.”

Bennett would like voters to know they can still register to vote online at https://ova.elections.il.gov or can stop in his campaign office at the Illinois Terminal Building, Suite 205 (45 E. University, Champaign).

The voter registration deadline is October 11. Residents can register in person until 4:30 p.m. at the Champaign County Clerk’s office and register online until 11:59 p.m. that night.

“My hope is to present the petition names to the federal judge to show them Champaign County residents aren’t going to take this ruling sitting down,” Bennett said. “We have a voice and it is important for the courts to hear that.”

CLICK HERE TO sign his petition and make sure your voice is heard.