BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP/KMOV) -- At least one county in Illinois admits its ballots to military personnel weren't mailed on time.
That's as the U.S. Department of Justice is checking on the issue in Illinois and has brought lawsuits in other states.
St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney says about 1,100 absentee ballots to military personnel didn't get mailed by the Sept. 18 deadline. Most of those voters are connected to Scott Air Force Base.
Delaney says the ballots were mailed by Oct. 4 because he was waiting for a court decision on whether the Constitution Party would be allowed on the ballot. He says it was fiscally responsible to wait, otherwise he might have had to send ballots out twice.
The ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 1 and election officials have until Nov. 15 to count them.
St. Clair County has a lot of reasons for not meeting the deadline, and the clerk will talk to me at 11. He says they were awaiting an Illinois Supreme court decision on Sept. 23rd on whether or not the Constitution Party would be included on the ballot. Then they mailed them out Oct. 4th, which he says shouldn’t be a problem because as long as they’re postmarked by Nov. 1st, they have 14 days after the election to arrive and be counted.
St. Clair County, by the way, has more absentee military ballots than any other county in the state – over 1200. 223 of those are overseas ballots, the rest are mailed within the US.
As the WLS story states, the Justice Dept. asked the State Bd. Of Elections to determine who was is violation of the 45 day deadline imposed by the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. 21 Counties have still not responded to the request for information. The Dept. director will decide later if he will release the full list to the media.