100 Prisoners Request Mail-In Ballots in Madison County Illinois
Dead people are voting in Chicago again this year.
And 100 prisoners in the Madison County Jail have requested mail-in ballots this year.
The Madison Record reported:
Will votes of convicted felons who requested ballots from the confines of the St. Clair County jail be counted on Nov. 8?
No, according to the state’s attorney and the county’s top election official.
Yet, two detainees who moved from jail to prison following conviction had requested ballots while under lock in St. Clair County.
Omari Muhammad, 30, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on Oct. 5 by Circuit Judge Zina Cruse. Muhammad, who entered Menard Correctional Center on Oct. 7, had his ballot returned to the County Clerk’s office on Oct. 12. He requested a ballot on Sept. 23 and it was received by him on Sept. 28.
Travion Wells, 23, pleaded guilty Aug. 3 to attempted armed robbery and was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Sept. 21, also by Cruse. He requested a ballot on Oct. 7, the same day he was accepted at Menard Correctional Center.
On any given day, the average inmate population at the St. Clair County jail is approximately 433.
According to records from the County Clerk’s office, approximately 100 detainees have requested mail-in ballots. In cross-referencing names of those who requested ballots to voter registration rolls, at least 55 had not previously been registered to vote in St. Clair County or elsewhere in Illinois.