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2014 Op. Ill. Att'y Gen. 1 (2014)

handle is hein.sag/sagil0132 and id is 1 raw text is: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Lisa Madigan

October 15, 2014

FILE NO. 14-001

Proper Time for Counting
Absentee Voters' Ballots
and Early Voters' Ballots

The Honorable Brian J. Towne
State's Attorney, LaSalle County
President, Illinois State's Attorneys' Association
707 East Etna Road, Suite 251
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Dear Mr. Toxr    < --

uring the general rielec             eld on March 18, 2014, an issue arose in at
least one Ill  o   county reg   d' g the proper time to count absentee voters' ballots and early
voters' ballots.               the issue was whether it is permissible for local election authorities
and their staffs to process absentee voters' ballots and early voters' ballots by running them
through a ballot tabulator before 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election, as long as they wait until
after 7:00 p.m. to upload the totals for the ballots and to consolidate those totals with the in-
person precinct tabulations.
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