Illinois GOP launches voter-fraud hot line after Kankakee bribery allegations
The Illinois Republican Party (ILGOP) launched a voter-fraud hot line today, in response to complaints of bribes for votes.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider expressed deep concern at the reports. The ILGOP launched a fraud hot line through which voters can report any suspicious election activity.
“Nothing is more important than voters having confidence in our democratic system," Schneider said. "That’s why the allegations of vote fraud in Kankakee are deeply disturbing and threaten to undermine this year’s elections. Today, the Illinois Republican Party is launching a statewide voter fraud hot line. If you see suspicious election activity, please call 1-844-4-ILFRAUD and help preserve the integrity of our elections.”
Kankakee County State's attorney Jamie Boyd recently said an investigation has been launched after the County Clerk's Office reported three complaints from individuals who said they were offered gifts in exchange for their votes for incumbent Katherine "Kate" Cloonen (D-Kankakee) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In addition, several vote-by-mail applications appear to be fraudulent.
Union officials and Cloonen's and House Speaker Mike Madigan's (D-Chicago) camps responded with allegations of voter suppression, intimidation by law enforcement officials and the use of unnecessary requirements to turn voters away from the polls.
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