Polling places to be monitored

Union County polling places will be monitored on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union County Sheriff David Livesay announced Monday that their offices will be teaming up to monitor local polling places.

Edmonds and Livesay announced in a joint news release that three teams "will be visiting polling places throughout the county to ensure that everyone's right to vote is protected and that no improper activity occurs in or around polling places."

Personnel from the state's attorneys and sheriff's departments "will be monitoring for anyone presenting false identification, campaigning in or around polling places or otherwise interfering with the election process."

The state's attorney's office and the sheriff's office will be working closely with Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr. to respond to any suspected violations of the Illinois Election Code.

"The public is reminded that violators could be arrested and face significant fines and jail or prison time," the news release stated.

Polls are scheduled to be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Members of the public who have questions or concerns regarding activities taking place at any Union County polling place are advised to contact the county clerk's office in Jonesboro, phone 833-5711.

The county clerk's office will then provide information it receives to the state's attorney's and sheriff's offices as appropriate.

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