By Willard Helander -
With voting by mail open to all voters, Illinois permits any campaign to create their version of an “official request” for a ballot by mail. The newest change to election laws is virtual, real-time tracking legislatively attached to every voter who asks for a ballot by mail.
When the forms are turned in to elections officials, Illinois law requires this information be pulled to a statewide Intranet site where all political groups can see. When ballots are mailed to the signer, the political eyes are watching. When the ballot is not voted nor returned for a few days, the political eyes are still watching. And knocking and calling again.
Beginning in June, door-to-door “vote by mail shoppers” have gathered thousands of signatures on forms. Even when voters explain they want to vote in person, voters indicate they were urged to sign the form “to make sure their vote counts.” Sounds so helpful, doesn’t it?
People apparently will sign anything to get a door knocker to go away.