SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections notified 59 local election authorities, including those from Jefferson County, that 774 former inmates of the Illinois Department of Corrections may have had their voter registrations erroneously canceled due to a data-matching error involving both agencies.
According to the Board of Elections, nine individuals in Jefferson County were identified as having their voter registration wrongly canceled. Matching based on information forwarded to the State Board of Elections incorrectly categorized the individuals as “currently incarcerated” when their sentences were completed and were discharged.
Under Illinois law, voting rights are suspended during an inmate’s period of incarceration, but are restored upon release, though the individual must re-register to vote. This includes those who are released on parole, on mandatory supervised release and on condition of electronic monitoring.