Absentee voting is now called “Vote by Mail.” The East St. Louis Board of Elections had 3,647 application requests for “Vote by Mail” ballots in the March 15 General Primary Election. According to the unofficial vote totals received by the Board of Elections, 2,618 “Vote by Mail” ballots were actually turned in. The precinct that had the highest number of “Vote by Mail” ballots were Precinct 1 with 370 returned. This precinct includes the Gompers Homes and is the largest precinct in the city. Precinct 25 was second with 216 returned. Precinct 2 was third with 194 returned. Precinct 20 was fourth with 175 returned and Precinct 12 was fifth with 160 returned.
The ex-governor 2014 Senate Bill 172 amending the Election Code made voter fraud easier. On the back of the “Vote by Mail” ballot is an authorization form for the voter to complete after casting their vote and sealing the ballot. You must print your name, the name of the person you authorize to deliver to the election authority and sign your signature for approval. The low information voters will be willing to sign their signature of approval without reading or understanding the process. This allows the authorized person to complete the ballot prior to turning it in to the election authority. Although it is illegal for the handler to complete the ballot, who would know? The elected officials of the city are increasingly being elected by obtaining “Vote by Mail” ballots.
Dorothy Joshway, East St. Louis