Kendall Clerk Defends Mailing About Voting, IDs

Craig Dellimore
September 27, 2018 - 4:40 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Kendall County Clerk is rejecting any suggestions that her office might be discouraging voters from casting ballots because of the way a mailing was worded.

The Illinois American Civil Liberties Union notes that a recent clerk office’s mailing to voters tells them to be prepared to show identification when coming to the polls.

But state law in most cases does not require a voter to show an ID. The ACLU says the mailing might keep some people without ID cards from voting. 

Clerk Debbie Gillette said it wasn’t her office’s intent to suggest that ID was required, but if there were problems, it might be requested.

In hindsight, Gillette said, the mailing could have been more explicit in saying ID is not required.

She says voter participation is way up, so voters don’t seem to be discouraged.