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ISBE: Over 700 former inmates may have had voter registration cancelled due to data error

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SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- An error at the Illinois State Board of Elections may have cancelled the voter registration of more than 700 former inmates of the Illinois Department of Corrections, officials announced Monday

According to the ISBE, 59 local election authorities were notified about the error affecting a total of 774 voter registrations statewide.

"Matching based on information forwarded to the State Board of Elections incorrectly categorized the individuals as currently incarcerated when in fact they had completed their sentences and been discharged," according to a release by the ISBE.

In Illinois, those serving a prison term will have their voting rights suspended during incarceration, but are restored upon release. A former inmate would need to re-register after release.

"The Board of Elections has provided each election authority with voter information on the affected individuals so that their registrations can be reviewed for reinstatement by the start of early voting on Feb. 6," according to the ISBE.

Cities and counties affected in the heart of Illinois include:

  • Bloomington: 6
  • Galesburg: 2
  • Knox County: 1
  • McLean County: 4
  • Peoria County: 13
  • Stark County: 2
  • Tazewell County 1
  • Woodford County: 3

To check voter registration status, visit here.

Drew Veskauf

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