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Will County authorities looking into Frankfort Township election mailing

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Vootz has asked the Will County state’s attorney to investigate an election mailing that was apparently distributed only to some Frankfort Township residents.

In bold print stating, “What if your neighbors knew whether you voted,”the mailing, purports to be from an organization calling itself Citizens for Effective Local Government. It warns that the group it intends to publicize who does and does not vote in Tuesday’s consolidated election on a website and through future mailings.

It was unclear who runs the organization.

The mailing did not include a return address or phone number for the Citizens for Effective Local Government group on the letter or envelop. The envelop includes a stamp, which makes it more expensive than a bulk mailing, but also harder to trace.

A spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s office said authorities are looking into the matter.

The mailing includes a list of “neighbors” and whether they voted in the November 2012 and April 2009 elections. The lists seem to include about 60 names and whether the person voted in the two elections.

“Who you vote for is secret, but who votes is public record,” the letter states. “Do your civic duty! Vote on Tuesday!”

The letter also includes the voting history of the person to whom it is addressed.



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