Another election official appears to have violated the law in her handling of absentee ballots. The Danville Election Commission Chairman Barbara Dreher says she had some absentee ballots run through a tabulator to make room in a bin for more ballots. This appears to be violation of the election law, and the attorney general recently published an opinion advising election officials not to count votes until the polls have closed.
The same situation was reported Thursday in Rock Island County.
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The Illinois Republican Party is upset. “The election code is not being followed, which unfortunately leads to questions about whether this election is being performed in a legal, open, fair and transparent manner,” spokesman Andrew Wellhouse said.
The Vermilion County Republican Party says 400 absentee ballots were opened and tabulated, though no results have been revealed.