From Stephanie Moresco of Three Headed Eagle Alliance, Inc. and posted in online comments by her:
Mr. Bobby Piton is NOT part of our election integrity team, the information he presented was independent from our own research.
Having said that, we are grateful for any analysis he has done for Kane County, because it’s vitally important that all citizens work together to restore integrity.
Furthermore, what has been lost in all the rhetoric, is the fact that yes, although Aurora [Election Commission, Kane County portion] was added in [to Kane County clerk’s voter rolls for General Election 2018], which does it count for over 50,000 new registrations, it still does not explain away the fact that consistently each year, Kane County voter registration continue to increase, as the population continues to decrease, with many citizens leaving the state of Illinois (and Kane County.)
In regards to examples of just one of our grievances, the Kane County Clerk’s office cited a different Illinois election law than what other area County Clerk offices (McHenry, DeKalb) did, with regards to why VBM MUST be initialed. (Specifically, 10 ILCS 5/17 Conduct of Elections and 10 ILCS 5/19 Voting by Mail, which provides guidance for processing ballots.)
Furthermore, DuPage, Will, Lake, McHenry, Grundy, DeKalb, and Livingston ALL required VBM to be initialed by both a Democrat & Republican election judge in order to be officially counted. Any that were not initialed were “thrown out”, I.e. not counted.
Lastly, at the Public Service committee, we presented a packet that has 3 1/2 pages worth of questions, that are still left unanswered by the Kane County Clerk’s office. We have been told that we will receive a formal written response to each of those questions. Upon receipt, we would be happy to provide you a copy of our questions and their answers.
From the desk of John Lopez: It must be noted, there are 108 local election authorities in Illinois, and as long as those authorities follow state statute, they operate autonomously and may choose to do things different if the elected county clerk (or municipal administrator) chooses to do things differently.
For example, under SB 1863 (101st IL General Assembly), local election authorities were required to send vote-by-mail applications to all voters who cast ballots in one of 3 elections. The change in statute did not prevent local election authorities from exceeding the “one of 3 elections” requirements (2018 general, 2019 consolidated, 2020 primary), and both McHenry and Kane counties clerks sent applications to all registered voters on their voter rolls.
While I don’t know the specifics of other county clerks brought up by Ms. Moresco, as long as they stay within the boundaries of statute, each election authoritiy can and often operate their respective offices differently.