Two counties identified as having more registered voters than citizen voting age population by a watchdog organization say they have rectified the issue. In April, the watchdog group Judicial Watch sent a letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections identifying 24 counties that had more registered voters than voting-age population. Two west-central Illinois counties, Cass and Scott, have nearly or totally corrected the issue, according to officials. Scott County Clerk Sandy Hankins addressed the matter with the board of commissioners in July, noting that the state felt the county was within regulation. However, Hankins took steps to correct any problems by mailing new voter identification cards.
“We sent out the voter ID cards and then that will show us the people that have moved and we’ll get a non-forwarding address or maybe they’ll come back undeliverable,” Hankins said. “What we’ll do when we got those back is we’ll process those and get them in our systems.”
The move would have occurred unprompted anyway because Scott County does a purge of the voter system every two years.
Though Judicial Watch threatened to sue the Illinois State Board of Elections if the discrepancies were not dealt within in a timely manner by the counties, Hankins said that she did not feel threatened by Judicial Watch’s move to issue the letter. “They just wanted us to get it cleaned up and that was a good idea,” she said.