Controversial Political Flyer Lists Voter History

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The polls open in less than eight hours and some Stateline voters are feeling like their privacy is being exposed.

A voting flyer some say is intended to shame us into casting a ballot is causing some frustrations.

The front of the flyer sent from an unidentified group says Illinois Voter Audit, but has a return address from Kansas. Even though a person's voting history is public record, the way it's being used has some people questioning whether sending out these types of flyers are even legal.

Dr. Matt Streb, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, says these things are not uncommon.

"By any stretch of the imagination, its not uncommon...it's difficult to find out who's funding the organization, often times that information does become available, but often times that's not available until well after the election is over," Streb says.

Anna Grobe who's a Rockford voter says she's upset about her voting history being put on display in an attempt to get her to vote in this year's election.

"I was actually scared. I'm like, okay, you're going to give me just a piece of paper, a campaigning paper, with no envelope, with my name, address, other people's names and address on them, and then the last four years of our voting record," Grobe said.

We reached out to the Illinois State Board of Elections who says they have been made aware of the issue, but have no information on the organization who distributed the flyer.



 
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