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Illinois: More counties cleaning up voter rolls

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — More than a dozen Illinois counties have purged their voter registration rolls to remove the names of people who've died or moved away, state election regulators said.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/19rHR6b ) 17 counties and the city of East St. Louis have fixed problems on their lists of registered voters, according to a recent report released to members of the Illinois State Board of Elections.

County clerks are required to purge voter rolls every two years, but some counties say there isn't enough money in the budget to cover the sometimes costly review.

The 2010 census showed at least a dozen Illinois counties reporting more registered voters than the number of residents who were of legal voting age, although the latest figures from the state election commission showed Jersey County continued to have the discrepancy.

Rupert Borgsmiler, executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, said the agency has been working with counties to help them address the problem.

In Alexander County in far-southern Illinois, updated rolls show 88 percent of the voting age population is registered. That's more in line with previous numbers that showed more registered voters than eligible citizens.

"They did exactly what needed to be done," Borgsmiler said.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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