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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, October 22, 2020

DuPage County Clerk Reassures 2020 Election is Safe and Secure, but Testing the Process has Consequences

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek reassures voters that the 2020 General Election is proceeding in a safe and secure manner.  The Election Division of the Clerk’s Office has implemented strict procedural safeguards to ensure the integrity of the vote-by-mail process.  Those safeguards have successfully identified a small number of invalid vote-by-mail requests, which have been immediately forwarded on to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for investigation.

To date, nine applications have been flagged by the County Clerk’s Election Division staff and referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for investigation.  State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that it has concluded that no criminal charges will be filed in six of those cases and investigations are currently being conducted in the other three cases.

“My office and State’s Attorney Berlin’s staff have worked seamlessly together throughout this election,” Kaczmarek said.  “While voter fraud is not a widespread problem anywhere, voters need to be reassured that every individual application is held up to scrutiny to ensure that the election is fairly conducted.  With over 200,000 applications for mail-in ballots received to-date and a tiny number of cases being professionally investigated by the State’s Attorney’s Office, voters can be reassured that the system is working.”

Submitting a false application for a vote-by-mail ballot is a Class 3 felony, generally punishable by 2-5 years in prison.

“Testing the process is not a game.  It’s not worth it.  Don’t even try,” Kaczmarek added.  “The Clerk’s Office will continue to work closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office to fully investigate and vigorously prosecute any voter or group who violates the law, even if they claim to be testing the process.”

In addition to the rigorous vote-by-mail validation process, procedural safeguards are also in place to guard against any improprieties occurring in connection with in-person voting on Election Day and at our early voting locations. For example, new poll pads used at polling places can instantaneously flag anyone attempting to vote twice.

Members of the public who have questions or concerns about activities going on at any DuPage County polling place are encouraged to contact the State’s Attorney’s Office at (630) 407-8000 or the DuPage County Clerk’s Office at (630) 407-5500.