Authorities investigate Election Day complaints in St. Clair County

News-DemocratMarch 18, 2014 

Election officials are investigating a number of complaints stemming from Tuesday's primary, including the Illinois Attorney General's Office reviewing whether absentee ballots were counted too early in St. Clair County.

The state's Attorney General's Office received an inquiry concerning election officials tallying absentee ballots at the St. Clair County Building before the polls closed at 7 p.m., according to Attorney General's Office spokesman Scott Mulford. A team of attorneys with the Attorney General's Office is gathering more information concerning the inquiry, Mulford said.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said investigations continue into two complaints concerning voter problems. In addition, Kelly said about a dozen absentee votes were challenged and needed to be vetted for certification.

A voter integrity reporting system in St. Clair allowed residents to directly contact law enforcement officials with concerns of voter fraud and voter suppression.

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