Election Watchdog Group Suing Illinois Over Refusal To Access Full Voting Rolls

(PatrioticPost.com)- Officials from the Illinois State Board of Elections have been sued over their refusal to turn over voter-roll data for inspection.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed the suit, alleging officials are required by federal law to turn over statewide voting history and a statewide voter file. The organization, which is a watchdog for election integrity, says it wants to investigate whether there are any irregularities in the data.

Logan Churchwell, PILF’s communications director, said:

“Illinois has stood in opposition to federal law for too long. The public has a right to inspect the state’s voter records to ensure they are accurate ahead of the 2020 election and any time in the future.”

The state may be refusing to turn over the records because there is a problem. Indeed, Illinois has been plagued with irregularities in their voter roll in the past. Just this year, a “computer error” allowed hundreds of non-citizens to be added to the state’s voter rolls.

Election officials in Illinois publicly acknowledged the issue with the state’s automatic voter registration system. It’s a system that Democrats are trying to get implemented across America.

Some of those people who were added incorrectly actually even voted in both the elections of 2018 and 2019.

PILF found that 17 different counties in Illinois had registered voter totals that exceeded the number of people who lived in those counties. And Chicago has been criticized in the past for having ballots that were cast by deceased individuals.

According to Churchill, an attorney from PILF has only been allowed to peruse through a computer terminal that had a search function to look through records. That search function would only work if the attorney knew the name and birthdate of single registrants.

That’s a problem, Churchill said, because “only politicians and the like” would have that information on every voter in Illinois.

PILF warned Illinois state election officials back on February 21 that they’d face a lawsuit if they didn’t turn over the complete set of data, as federal law requires them to do. The group says it originally asked for access to voter information in Illinois in October of last year. They said they haven’t received the full set, though.

For their part, a public information officer for the Illinois State Board of Elections said the agency won’t comment on anything related to pending litigation.

Similar lawsuits have been filed by PILF in Maryland and Maine, and that litigation is currently underway. Other states such as Massachusetts and Delaware have complied and given PILF full access to records for voter registration.

PILF has filed many lawsuits in the past over irregularities in voter registration. Just last year, the group settled one suit with Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, where Pittsburgh is located. In that case, the group found a number of instances in which voter rolls included duplicate registrants and dead voters.

There were almost 1,600 dead registrants on the county’s election rolls, as well as more than 1,500 who were 100 years old or older.