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Lee County Sheriff’s deputies to patrol polling places on Election Day

Published: Nov. 2, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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LEE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Area law enforcement plan on taking extra safety measures to protect voters and businesses on election day.

Police presence in or around polling sites is usually limited when voters cast their ballot, however since the 2020 election is filled with controversy and the presidential race is stirring political tension for many in the country, law enforcement plans to make their presence known. Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said that he will bring in more command deputies on Election Day to make sure the voting process is smooth and laws continue to be followed.

“I’m going to out, Lieutenant and Chief Deputy are going to out assisting," said Sheriff Simonton. “I sent the polling places out, the locations, to all the Lee County Law Enforcement agencies to include Dixon, Amboy, Ashton, Franklin Grove as well as the Illinois State Police District one that covers Lee County."

Although police making their presence known at polling places is unique, it’s something that Sheriff Simonton said his department has never needed before in previous elections.

“It’s something we’re not used to, and it’s not something we’ve done in the past, and it’s rather unfortunate because this is a free society, it’s that way for a reason," Sheriff Simonton said.

Lee County Sheriff’s Department will not appear inside polling places, however, they will be stationed in the vicinity of polling places so they can be prepared to respond to any event that might occur.

Sheriff Simonton said that he anticipates residents of Lee County will continue to be compliant at voting sites.

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