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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, October 30, 2020

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek Assures Voters of Bipartisan Oversight of Election Process

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek assures the voters of DuPage County that the 2020 General Election is being conducted with rigorous oversight and participation from official representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

“The political parties are our office’s partners in election administration.  Election judges representing the Republican and Democratic parties are the face of the election to voters at the polling place.  Maintaining an open line of communication with the leadership of our local political parties is vital to ensuring a smooth and successful election.  I appreciate the productive partnership our office has enjoyed throughout this process with DuPage Republican Party Chairman James Zay and Cynthia Borbas, Chair of the DuPage Democratic Party,” Kaczmarek said.

The County Clerk’s office has stayed in close communication with the local political parties to address any questions regarding the process.  When the DuPage Republican Party raised concerns regarding a text-highlighting feature of the county’s touchscreen voting machines, senior staff from the DuPage County Clerk’s Office met with members of the DuPage GOP leadership.  Staff demonstrated the system in question and explained that it was an impaired-voter assistance feature necessary for the county’s system to comply with the voter access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Stickers were also placed on every voting machine at the Early Voting sites explaining in both English and Spanish that the text-highlighting feature is for impaired voter assistance only and that highlighted selections can by cycled through utilizing the provided keypad, as well as reminding voters to review all ballot selections to ensure accuracy before casting their vote.  DuPage Republican Party Chairman James Zay affirmed that the Clerk’s Office had addressed his questions regarding the text-highlighting.  “After working with the Clerk’s office, they have taken steps to provide further clarification.  We appreciate the Clerk responding to our concerns and making sure this election is fair to all the candidates on the ballot,” Zay stated.

The Clerk’s Office has similarly worked with the DuPage County Democratic Party to address their questions and concerns, Cynthia Borbas, Chair of the DuPage Democratic Party, confirmed.  “The County Clerk has coordinated and communicated very well this entire cycle,” Borbas stated.

“In my role of County Clerk and administrator of our elections, I am absolutely committed to treating all parties and all voters fairly,” Kaczmarek stated.