Claims of voting irregularities in St. Clair County

BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - Early voting is in full swing in Illinois and Fox 2 has confirmed irregularities with voting machines in St. Clair County.

A Millstadt man claims a voting machine repeatedly switched his votes.

Fox 2 confirmed two voting machines were shut down, at least temporarily.

“I voted for my U.S. Representative, (Republican) Bost, it changed my vote to Baricevic, the Democrat,” Doerr said.  “As I voted on, I went down to Paul Schimpf, who is a state senator candidate, it changed my vote to Sheila Simon, which is a Democrat.”

When he notified the staff and election judges, even they had trouble getting his votes corrected, he said.

Eventually they were properly cast.  St. Clair County Clerk, Tom Holbrook, confirmed about a dozen problems reported out of more than 11,000 ballots cast, leading to the shutdown of two of about 60 voting machines.

“One machine locked up when it continually tapped to try to change a vote,” Holbrook said.

“We pulled that machine out of service.  We had another machine that the gentleman just says, ‘I don’t care what you say, what you’re telling me, this thing’s wrong, it switched my ballot’.  We shut that machine down.”

In spite of Donald Trump’s rallying cry about a rigged election, no one suspected that was going on here.  State’s Attorney, Brendan Kelly, confirmed about a half-dozen complaints to the county’s Voter Integrity Hotline that have merited further investigation.  Those complaints were signs the system working not a system that was rigged, he said.

“That’s why I think people should have confidence in this system because we’re not going to let anything slide,” Kelly said.

“We take this very seriously. This eating up the social media, everywhere,” Holbrook said.

“I like this much (machine voting) better than doing those punch things, love it much better,” said voter, Linda Weber of Belleville, after voting early this week.

“I don’t see anything that would amount to rigging,” said St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman, Doug Jameson.  “I see people interacting with a machine just like sometimes you know on your Iphone as you touch the screen and it freezes up a little bit.”

He personally tested the machines he said.

State election authorities, candidates, and election judges tested the machines, including the one that gave Doerr problems.  All were working properly.

“I don’t call it voter fraud.  I just call it an irregularity.  Hopefully it’ll never happen again,” Doerr said.

You can report any voting problems in St. Clair County by notifying the county's Voter Integrity Hotline:

By phone: (618) 825-2366

Email: voterintegrity@co.st-clair.il.us

Mail: St. Clair County Clerk’s Office

Attention: Election Department

10 public square

Belleville, IL 62220