The Illinois State Board of elections admits that out of 547 non-citizens that were automatically registered to vote in the 2018 election, 19 of them voted illegally.
The race for Macon County Sheriff was decided by just one vote in 2018, meaning it’s possible an illegal vote could have altered an election. This may be known when the location of the 19 illegals votes is identified.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, a Democrat, acknowledged the error.
WCIA reports the Illinois State Board of Elections acknowledged that out of 574 non-U.S. citizens who were inadvertently registered to vote in Illinois, an unknown number of them may have voted illegally in the 2018 election.
“We do know that some of them voted” in the 2018 election, spokesman Matt Dietrich said in a phone call on Monday afternoon, though his office was not immediately able to determine how many of them may have voted, or how many may have been legal citizens who simply filled out their state form incorrectly. Dietrich expects the elections agency will have more specific answers when state workers return to their desks after a government holiday.
Update: 10:48 a.m. The State Board of Elections says 19 people who self-identified as non-citizens voted in Illinois in 2018.
Update: the State Board of Elections says out of the 547 non-citizens, 19 of them voted in 2018. Working now to confirm their exact location. Macon County Sheriff’s race was decided by just one vote in 2018. 7 of the 547 non-citizens were registered in Macon County. https://t.co/pmJd3N5kSZ
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Secretary of State Jesse White’s office admitted it was at fault for the “isolated” incident, and offered assurances that the “programming error” in the state’s new automatic voter registration process has since been repaired.
Illinois law allows immigrants who are not citizens to get a driver’s license or state identification. Both state and federal law prohibits non-citizens from participating in American elections.
White’s office sent a letter to the State Board of Elections on December 18th notifying them that despite several safeguards, a programming malfunction in the agency’s electronic keypads improperly registered 574 non-American citizens to vote.
“For whatever reason that technological programming error did not properly remove the individuals,” Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt explained. “The individuals who are applying for driver’s license were inadvertently pooled into the automatic voter registration.”
That error likely triggered a steady stream of pamphlets, post cards and mailers to invite the non-citizens to vote. Once a person is registered to vote, their name and information is made a part of public record. Local election officials routinely mail voting instructions to the household, and political campaigns send them advertisements persuading them to vote for specific candidates or causes.