TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. – Since the 2016 presidential election, there have been doubts about voter security. However since then, Illinois leaders have been working diligently to ensure your ballot stays safe.
Tazewell County Clerk, John Ackerman said his office has been getting calls about voter security as national news about Russian interference have arisen.
Ackerman wants to reassure voters that county clerks in Central Illinois are working hard to make sure their vote is secure. He said in Illinois, all votes are cast on paper ballots. When it’s electronic, a copy is printed to match that result. Then, audits are done to make sure they are the same.
Ackerman said the information stolen in the 2016 election was basic public information like first and last names, addresses and when people voted.
“For those that are fearful, remember that’s their purpose, that’s what they want, they don’t really want to change anything. They want to instill fear and questions. So we need to trust in the system, we need to cast our votes,” said Ackerman.
Ackerman added that Illinois is the leading state in the nation when it comes to cyber security for elections thanks to the Cyber Navigator Program. He also said his door is open to answer any questions for the community.