Crime

Suspect vote fraud? Call or email St. Clair County prosecutors

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As another election approaches, St. Clair County authorities are asking residents to report any suspicions of vote fraud.

Anyone with complaints of vote suppression, vote fraud or voter interference can send them to an email address — VoterIntegrity@co.st-clair.il.us — or call a hotline at 618-825-2366. Complaints also can be mailed to the St.Clair County Clerk’s Office, Attention: Election Department, 10 Public Square, Belleville, Il, 62220.

Prior to the 2014 primary election, St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook, St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson and State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly established the Voter Integrity Hotline which shares investigative material with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and they will issue a report on the initiative in June.

On Friday, Kelly’s office charged a 34-year-old Centreville man with two counts of absentee-ballot violations.

Sean Sayles, of Centreville, is accused of taking an absentee ballot of a voter and depositing it in the mail. According to the charges, the ballot did not belong to Sayles, and he was not a spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the voter.

The case was investigated by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. It occurred Sept. 27, 2012, according to court records.

Kelly said prior to the initiative in 2014, his office charged four individuals with absentee-ballot fraud. Three defendants have been convicted and one case remains pending.

Kelly said that, at the request of all candidates in Cahokia in the upcoming election, he has asked the Illinois State Police to assign troopers to early-voting locations in Cahokia.

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