Octo­ber 22, 2012

Coun­ty Offi­cials Remind Pub­lic to Report Absen­tee Vot­ing Concerns

Union Coun­ty Clerk Bob­by Tol­er, Jr., Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union Coun­ty Sher­iff David Livesay remind the pub­lic that intim­i­dat­ing or undu­ly influ­enc­ing an absen­tee vot­er or poten­tial absen­tee vot­er is a vio­la­tion of Illi­nois law.  Recent­ly, the Union Coun­ty Clerk’s Office has received a report of a tele­phone call which could be con­sid­ered coer­cive being placed from out­side the area to a poten­tial absen­tee vot­er.  While tele­phone sur­veys, phone-bank­ing and get-out-the vote efforts are a nor­mal part of elec­tions, coer­cive calls and undue pres­sure are not and could con­sti­tute a poten­tial crim­i­nal vio­la­tion.  Such inci­dents or any oth­er evi­dence of elec­tion fraud should be report­ed the Coun­ty Clerk’s Office at 833‑5711, State’s Attorney’s Office at 833‑7216 or Sheriff’s Office at 833‑5500.