* This may look worse than it might be. But still…
More than 10 percent of Illinois’ 102 counties have more registered voters than residents who are old enough to vote, according to a new report.
The 14 counties, as well as the board governing elections in East St. Louis, have been notified of the problem by state election regulators after the release of new U.S. Census bureau population figures earlier this year.
Among counties grappling with the disparity is Alexander County, which has experienced voter fraud issues in the past. Numbers released by the Illinois State Board of Elections show there are 7,806 registered voters in a county that has just 6,353 residents age 18 or older.
Other counties facing similar circumstances include Hardin, Jasper, Massac, Mercer, Pulaski, Rock Island and Union.
Illinois has a ton of tiny counties, and pretty much all of those 14 fit that description except for Rock Island County, which is quite large. Rock Island apparently hasn’t done a purge since the last census, which could account for the problem. People move and don’t drop their prior registration, people die, etc. The state thinks there are more than 11,500 people in that county who have either moved or are dead. Still, that seems a bit weird that they’d have more registered voters there than people.
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