The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Chuy Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported the incident on Facebook Tuesday morning. “I was really surprised, because I have been voting in Chicago since 2006 and I’ve never had an experience like that,” said Dreessen, whose post was covered in In These Times magazine and as of Wednesday afternoon had been shared more than 1,000 times.
The Chicago Board of Elections received claims of ballots marked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and for Chuy “Jesus” Garcia, according to spokesman Jim Allen. He said pre-marked ballots were investigated at Kozminski and in at least one other location – a North Side church – but that no wrongdoing was found.
“We haven’t found any credible claims,” Allen said. “Even if this were to be real, it’s got to be the lamest conspiracy in the history of conspiracies. If somebody thinks voters were going to be hoodwinked by being handed a ballot that was already filled out – you serious?”
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