DECATUR — Macon County Clerk Steve Bean said early voting is going smoothly in the office in response to questions he began to receive Monday after a popular Illinois political blog picked up a tweet about people voting for multiple candidates for Illinois governor.
The post on Capitol Fax shared a tweet that said more than 100 people have attempted to vote for more than one gubernatorial candidate in Macon County, which drew comments that the office may be counting votes early.
Bean said he was unsure about the source of the number, but said this year has been no different than past elections.
“We just want to make clear to people who come in, read the directions and vote for one candidate,” Bean said.
The office received several messages Monday, including one from a Springfield-based attorney, regarding the post. The question was whether the office was already tabulating votes and seeing who people were voting for before election night.
Bean said that is not the case, and when a ballot is kicked out, it only tells officials for which office the over- or under-vote occurred, not who the person voted for.
The issue comes when people either over-vote or under-vote on their ballot. Per state law, the ballot machine “kicks out” the ballot if the voter picks more than one candidate in a race or does not vote for candidate in a state constitutional office such as governor or comptroller.
The idea, Bean said, is that the election official can then notify the voter and give them a chance to change their ballot. If they choose not to, the ballot is submitted, but races for which they vote for too many candidates are not counted in the overall tally.
“They might of, for whatever reason, have made a mistake,” Bean said. “This has always happened in every election.”