Octo­ber 31, 2016

State’s Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office to
Mon­i­tor Union Coun­ty Polling Places on Elec­tion Day

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union Coun­ty Sher­iff Scott Harvel announced today that their offices will again be mon­i­tor­ing Union Coun­ty polling places on Elec­tion Day, Tues­day, Novem­ber 8, 2016.  Pros­e­cu­tors and Sheriff’s inves­ti­ga­tors will vis­it polling places through­out the Coun­ty to ensure that vot­ing rights are pro­tect­ed and that no improp­er activ­i­ty occurs in or around polling places.  State’s Attor­ney and Sher­iff per­son­nel will be mon­i­tor­ing for any­one cam­paign­ing in or around polling places or oth­er­wise inter­fer­ing with the elec­tion process.  The State’s Attorney’s Office and Sherriff’s Office will be work­ing close­ly with Union Coun­ty Clerk Ter­ry Bartruff to respond to any sus­pect­ed vio­la­tions of the Illi­nois Elec­tion Code.  The pub­lic is remind­ed that vio­la­tors could be arrest­ed and face sig­nif­i­cant fines and jail or prison time.  Pos­si­ble crim­i­nal vio­la­tions could include:

  • Active cam­paign­ing and solic­i­ta­tion of votes in the polling place or with­in the 100 foot cam­paign free zone of the polling place.
  • Vot­ers who try to leave the polling place with a ballot.
  • Imper­son­at­ing a reg­is­tered voter.
  • Pay­ment for a vote.
  • Tam­per­ing with vot­ing equipment.
  • Ille­gal cast­ing of votes.
  • Inter­fer­ing with the vot­ing process.
  • Harass­ing the elec­tion judges.
  • Harass­ing the voters.
  • Ille­gal vot­er assis­tance or instruction.

 The pub­lic is also remind­ed of their rights regard­ing the elec­tion process:

  • If a voter’s reg­is­tra­tion is active and cur­rent, the vot­er does not need to show iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to vote.
  • If a vot­er makes a mis­take or “spoils” a paper bal­lot and the vot­er has not cast the bal­lot, the vot­er has the right to receive a replace­ment ballot.
  • If a vot­er can­not read, has trou­ble under­stand­ing Eng­lish, or has a dis­abil­i­ty, that vot­er has the right to request assis­tance from any­one oth­er than his or her employ­er, an agent of his or her employ­er, or an offi­cer or agent of his or her union.
  • Vot­ers have the right to reg­is­ter to vote and cast their vote at the same time up to and includ­ing on Elec­tion Day. Same-day reg­is­tra­tion and vot­ing is avail­able at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house, 309 West Mar­ket Street, Jones­boro, not at reg­u­lar polling places.

Polls will be open on Elec­tion Day from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Mem­bers of the pub­lic who have ques­tions or con­cerns regard­ing activ­i­ties tak­ing place at any Union Coun­ty polling place should con­tact the Union Coun­ty Clerk’s Office at 833‑5711, the Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office at 833‑7216 or the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at 833‑5500.

Con­cerns may also be addressed to:

Illi­nois State Board of Elections
(217) 782‑4141

Illi­nois Attor­ney General
1-(800) 559‑6812

US Attor­ney – South­ern Dis­trict of Illinois
(618) 628‑3700

(618) 397‑4401

US Depart­ment of Jus­tice Civ­il Rights Division