By Duncan Smith
A few weeks back, President Trump suggested that Americans should request mail-in ballots where possible, send them in, and then try to vote again in person, just to make sure one of them counts.
'These mail-in ballots are a disgrace and they know it. Sign your mail-in ballot. Sign it and send it in and then you have to follow it. And if on Election Day or early voting, that is not tabulated and counted, you go vote,' Trump said, reiterating a similar message he had for voters in North Carolina a day earlier.
It appears as though some voters in Illinois have taken that advice.
Some Illinois voters are going to vote early after they already requested a mail-in ballot, something the Illinois State Board of Elections says is causing 'unnecessary paperwork for voters and election judges and creates delays at early voting locations.'
'A voter who requests and receives a vote-by-mail ballot but subsequently decides to vote in person must surrender the mail ballot at the polling place to receive an in-person ballot,' an ISBE bulletin said.
If someone attempts to commit voter fraud, by voting in person and by mail, they're subject to a class 3 Felony.
'While Illinois election authorities began mailing vote-by-mail ballots on Sept. 24 to voters who had requested them, many of those voters also showed up to vote in person when early voting began on Sept. 24,' ISBE spokesperson Matt Dietrich said.
They're 'asking that voters who have already applied for a mail ballot allow sufficient time for the ballot to arrive.'
Elections this year, like all of 2020, are going to be a disaster. Count on it.
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