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Close Illinois governor race spurs vote vigilance

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By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Both Republicans and Democrats are doing all they can to assure only qualified voters cast preferences in what could be the closest governor race in Illinois history.

The Illinois Republican Party filed two lawsuits in Rock Island County. One that's still active asks for a recalibration of touch-screen voting machines. Other challenges spurred an investigation and called for another in cases where they allege local Democrats offered incentives.

Democrats plan to have trained lawyers in virtually every county to watch for attempts to discourage voting. A party spokesman says it's the first time this has been done.

Authorities are concerned about delays in reporting results because of an attorney general's legal opinion that might prevent tabulating early votes until after polls close on Tuesday.


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