Complaints of voter fraud in Washington Park led the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department to extend an investigation from Alorton into Washington Park.
Also, St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney and the St. Clair County State's Attorney office are conducting an investigation in Washington Park.
"I started an investigation in my office based on numerous complaints that I have gotten about alleged voter fraud that is going on. People are voting from vacant lots and vacant homes," Delaney said.
Washington Park Trustee Cynthia Stovall-Hollingsworth said, "I received a mailing with a fraudulent occupant's name on it. The person whose name was on the mailing does not live at my address and has never lived at my address. I have lived in the same location for 40-plus years."
Stovall-Hollingsworth said she hand delivered it to Delaney.
"I want the process to be fair. Those individuals who are committing voter fraud should stop it. The citizens should make the decisions and that's it," she said.
Delaney said all of the investigators involved are doing everything they can to ensure a fair election on Tuesday.
Delaney already discounted more than 100 bogus applications in Washington Park and another 100-plus in the rest of the country.
A public works employee, Eddie Robinson, said his political affiliation is jeopardizing his employment.
Robinson said he was sent home by his supervisor after city leaders discovered that he had a sign in his yard supporting mayoral candidate Ferris Williams.
"My supervisor, James Montgomery, told me that Mayor James Jones told him not to let me back on my truck and he sent me home.
"They have been trying to get me. But, everybody knows that I work for Ferris Williams every year. I moved to the village in 1979. I haven't done anything wrong," Robinson said.
He complained that he was not given any paperwork, and just told to go home.
Jones could not be reached for comment.
Anyone who knows of any voter fraud should call Delaney's office at 618-277-6600, ext. 2380. All conversations can be confidential, Delaney said.
Sheriff Richard "Rick" Watson acknowledged that the Sheriffs Department still is investigating in Alorton and has expanded the investigation into Washington Park.
Watson said the voting process has to be conducted fairly, and that anyone caught doing illegal things will face prosecution.
"Voting is a sacred act which must be encouraged and protected from any malicious interference," State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said. "Local law enforcement will continue to work with federal law enforcement to defend the integrity of elections."
Anyone with concerns should call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 618-277-3504.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.