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
“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.