Just last week I told you how Illinois’ new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said the data of 574 people who self-identified as non-citizens was erroneously forwarded to elections officials to be registered to vote. Election officials confirmed that 545 of them were ultimately registered.
No worries though as demorat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker claims the system has been “fixed!”
“Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that there are no plans to suspend Illinois’ automatic voter registration program as election officials work to contain the fallout from more than 500 people being mistakenly registered.
A “programming error” by Secretary of State Jesse White’s office led to 545 people – who indicated they weren’t U.S. citizens – being registered through the program as they applied for drivers’ licenses. White’s office said the error was addressed after they discovered it last month.
By Monday, 370 registrations had been canceled, according to the State Board of Elections which was still determining if 12 people of the people who were registered and voted did so illegally.
“There’s no reason to have an across-the-board pause, especially when the glitch has been fixed,” Pritzker, a Democrat, said at an election security news conference.”
Read the whole story here.
Bonus: Illinois is receiving a $15 million in federal funds to improve election security. I’m sure that taxpayer money will guarantee no other voter registration problems occur in Illinois!