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More counties cleaning up rolls

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

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 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 2 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.

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