Important Information Regarding Petition Challenges

Two years ago it was brought to my attention that the DuPage County Election Commission opened its doors on a Saturday to allow certain members of the DuPage Republicans the opportunity to compare opposition petition signatures with those on the voter registration database.

Typically, the only people allowed into the 421 Building off hours are those with key cards. Election Commission staff would then have been needed to unlock their doors, to turn on the computers and to stay there.

It was my understanding that candidates and campaigns typically review the database during work hours and I didn’t understand why DuPage Republicans were allowed in on a Saturday to review petitions.

I contacted the DuPage Election Commission about this practice, below is the response.

Board Member Chaplin,

You are correct, typically candidates and campaigns agree to review signatures during normal work hours in order to minimize tax payer expenses for Election Commission staff and security staffing outside of business hours.

That being stated, we do understand that in light of the short timeframe permitted by statute for the verification of signatures, additional time beyond normal business hours is sometimes necessary and, regardless of political affiliation, have made reasonable accommodations with the interested parties when required.

Joseph H Sobecki
Executive Director
DuPage County Election Commission 

If your campaign needs to make special arrangements to review opposition petitions please contact the DuPage Election Commission at 630-407-5600.


Liz Chaplin

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