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Can we just get a straight answer, please?

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020

* AP

Overall 15 people connected to the mistaken registrations voted in 2018 and 2019 elections. State election officials have said three in central [Illinois] turned out to be citizens with at least two others believed to be in the same category.

Chicago had three voters in question, according to State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich.

But Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen said two were outstanding.

By his calculations, six people linked to the mistaken registrations cast ballots. Four had long voter histories and were thought to be citizens, he said. That left two voters in question.

Allen said voter registrations were canceled and no further action was planned. Neither Allen nor Dietrich could explain the discrepancy.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments
  1. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 2:52 pm:

    Seems like a job for Scott Kennedy @ILElectionData.


  2. - Nick - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 2:54 pm:

    What a mess


  3. - Commonsense in Illinois - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 2:55 pm:

    New math…


  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 2:55 pm:

    It has to be a conspiracy like Rauner appointee Tim Schneider says… it’s hidden so well no one knows how minuscule it really is…


  5. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:05 pm:

    just a glitch — yeah right


  6. - RIJ - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:05 pm:

    Whatever the answer is, it’s going to be a very small number. And have far less impact than, say, Crosscheck had on voter suppression.


  7. - Anon y mouse - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:06 pm:

    Well, no. No, we can not. This is Illinois, after all. #IncompetenceIsUs


  8. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:08 pm:

    === just a glitch — yeah right===

    LOL

    Then it’s such an utter failure of a glitch a mere 19, no 16, no 13…

    It’s such a conspiracy that it failed so miserably that SoS admitted they sent over folks who already stated they weren’t citizens or attempting to be registered.

    The humanity…


  9. - Birdseed - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:09 pm:

    Haven’t they had a couple of months to figure out a straight answer?


  10. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:18 pm:

    ===yeah right===

    Goodness, you’re a maroon. They went through all that trouble and bad press so that maybe (maybe) 6 whole people could vote who shouldn’t have voted?


  11. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:20 pm:

    How many people total were registered? This is such a small number I cannot believe it is not more and I don’t mean conspiracy just by mistake. I wonder state wide how many bad registrations the old fashioned way.


  12. - Birdseed - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:32 pm:

    Alt lease as far as we know, the big problem is not the fact that they gave a small number of non U.S. Citizens the right to vote, although that’s not cool at all. The big problem is that they look like the Keystone Cops trying to figure out how and how many. They couldn’t do a better job of keeping this issue front and center if they tried.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:32 pm:

    Tighten your tin foil hat… here’s the thing;

    ===…registration information of 574 people was “improperly forwarded” to local election authorities to be registered, even though those people had indicated while at secretary of state facilities that they were not citizens.===

    Explain your theory, please bring yarn and a cork board full of pictures connecting it all.


  14. - walker - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 3:34 pm:

    OMG. The “discrepancy” between the State Board of Elections and the Chicago Board is a whole one voter. And that’s still a story?


  15. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jan 28, 20 @ 5:22 pm:

    “A man with one watch knows what time it is, a man with two watches is never really sure.”

    It’s a true and truly ironic statement. If you have two independent data sources, they very rarely agree with one another one hundred percent, unless one is not independent at all but rather derived.

    Ironic because a man with one watch does not actually know what time it is, because he has no way of knowing if his watch is right.

    In government, when you see multiple “independent” agencies giving you the same answer, be sceptical. It usually means they are coordinating their story. Aging, Public Health, governor’s Office we’re all telling the same story during the Quincy veteran’s home crisis. It was not until we began getting info from families and the Adams County Coroner that we got a full picture.

    In this case, I agree with Walker. The slight discrepancy is due to some difference in methodology, terminology or human error. The fact there is a discrepancy gives me some strong reassurance that they are not coordinating a cover up. And as Walker notes, whether it’s two or three voters in Cook County that we do not know about, the overall impact on the integrity of our elections is de minimus.

    Shortages of ballots, voting machines, and late-opening polls have a greater statistical impact on election outcomes and have never been the subject of legislative investigation that I can call.

    Sometimes, a glitch is just a glitch.


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