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Alorton woman charged with tampering with absentee ballot

An Alorton woman was charged Friday with a felony count of tampering with an absentee ballot, according to the office of the St. Clair County State’s Attorney.

Raichelle McCallum, 30, was charged with mailing an absentee ballot for a voter who was not a member of her immediate family, a class 3 felony, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said in a written statement. The charge pertains to the municipal election held April 7.

Bond of $5,000 was set for McCallum. As of Friday afternoon, she was not being held at the St. Clair County Jail. It was unclear whether she has a lawyer.

Kelly, who declined to comment about details of the case, said, “In reviewing the complaints’s clear there is a great deal of confusion about what can and cannot be done under the absentee voting process. Candidates or campaign workers can handle absentee applications for voters, but cannot handle actual ballots.”