By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by Chicago-area Republicans alleges Illinois’ expanded vote-by-mail program is a “partisan scheme” designed to help Democrats get votes. The lawsuit filed Monday names election officials and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who signed the law to help limit Election Day crowds at polling places to curb the spread of COVID-19. Among other things, it requires vote-by-mail applications be sent to everyone who voted in elections since 2018. Lawyers for the conservative Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cook County Republicans. The center has previously challenged Election Day registration.