St. Clair County Invokes Election Monitoring System
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Il. (KMOX) - There’s a new twist as voters head to the polls in St. Clair County today.
For the first time, voters concerned about any problems they run into will have a chance to report them directly to election officials. St. Clair County clerk Tom Holbrook says voters now have a direct pipeline to his office if they suspect any funny business at the polls on Election Day.
“This really shows there’s some transparency here, that if they see something that they feel is not proper they can report it to us,” he says. “We want accountability here, to be our eyes and ears if there’s something going on.”
It’s part of what Holbrook calls the “first-ever integrated system” to keep track of voting irregularities.
“This has long been an issue in our area that has been a subject for debate, and we plan to press the issue to make sure we have fair and open elections,” he says.
Voters can send in their complaints to the County Clerk’s office by phone (618-825-2366), e-mail (VoterIntegrity@co.st-clair.il.us.), or written correspondence (St. Clair County Clerk’s Office, Attention: Election Department, 10 Public Square, Belleville, IL, 62220). The information will then be shared with the state’s attorney, the sheriff’s department, and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Holbrook says the new system fulfills a promise he made to increase accountability after he was appointed to take over for Tom Delaney, who resigned as county clerk last summer over allegations that he mistreated his workers.
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