WHAT IS THE STATE ELECTION BOARD DOING TO THE SACRED VOTE?
by Sharon Meroni, ©2014, DefendtheVote
(Apr. 7, 2014) — Last July the Illinois General Assembly passed HB2418. This bill added a couple of sentences to the Provisional Voting Law (ILCS 10/5 18A) that is worded to permit the counting of votes for federal and state candidates which are cast provisionally as ‘out-of-precinct’ ballots. Provisional voting has always been restricted to residents voting within the precinct in which they reside.
Why this new rule was tossed into HB 2418 permitting people to vote outside of their resident precinct remains unexplained. The impact of it, Defend the Vote warned voters in Illinois about this in the article “It’s Kinda of a Disaster Waiting To Happen”. Our analysis, however, was just completed on Monday, March 31st. We delved deeply into every aspect of the Law (18A – Provisional Voting) and the JCAR Rules written by the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) in order to submit comments to JCAR and the ISBE.
I am not sure which of our findings (listed below) are the most important… or the most shocking. Really, I am left wondering why the ISBE decided to interpret this law in the way that they have. Essentially, attempting to make it legal for people to vote outside of their resident precinct and vote anywhere within their county and municipality. Rule 218 randomly, and without authority, chooses these as the new geographical boundaries for provisional voting.
For instance, these rules qualify for me to vote in Cook, Lake, McHenry, and Kane County. Consequently, on Election Day, Defend the Vote did a small assessment of provisional voting under the new rules. I attempted to vote a provisional ballot in all 4 counties. We reported our findings as part of this investigation to JCAR and the ISBE. (4 County Assessment: Initial Assessment and Comments Summary)
Our comments for JCAR are about 30 pages and are written so the public can comprehend from a quick read, or get into the details. We have set it up so you can read the Comments in chapters as they were submitted to the Illinois State Board of Elections and JCAR. You can also read it as one document or safely download it fromscrib. For a quick review, check the summary of findings below.
Summary of Our Findings:
Voter Integrity on the Edge: The clueless changing the integrity of the vote across Illinois, by rule.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.