IL House Committee Hears Testimony RE: Absentee Ballot Applications in RI Co.

Mar 9, 2017
Originally published on March 10, 2017 6:21 am

Illinois lawmakers may change the law to make sure absentee ballot applications are sent directly to county clerks and without delay.

In Springfield Thursday, Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee testified before the House Elections and Campaign Finance Committee.

The idea to change the law is the result of a group called the Illinois Opportunity Project mailing absentee ballot applications to voters who did not request them.

McGehee says the name on the materials was the "Rock Island County Vote By Mail Center," which is misleading.

After voters filled out the 1,500 applications, they were sent to a Rock Island P.O. Box. But then the applications weren't turned over to the county clerk until just before election day. McGehee told the committee what happened in Rock Island County, then answered legislators' questions for more than an hour.

Officials from the Illinois State Board of Elections also attended and made suggestions. Similar problems occurred in Kankakee and Will counties before November 8th.

McGehee says both democrats and republicans on the elections committee are very concerned and want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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