An appeals court has rejected a bid by Adams County officials to allow voters turned away at the polls last week to cast late ballots.
The Quincy Herald Whig reports that the 4th District Appellate Court ruled Tuesday.
Adams was one of several Illinois counties that ran out of ballots in the March 15 primary election. State's Attorney Jon Barnard asked the appellate court to reverse its ruling barring late voting. He says it disenfranchised would-be voters through no fault of their own.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued that allowing the late voting would create an unconstitutional class of voters given extra time to choose preferences after results were announced.
Barnard will not appeal because results must be certified by Tuesday. He suggested the Illinois Legislature consider remedies.