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To Chicago Voters: "Don't Get Scammed. Get Counted!"

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There's concern that some parts of the Chicago area will be targeted for dirty tricks aimed at minimizing voter turnout next Tuesday.

Various ruses for that purpose have been tried in the past. They range from telling voters that they'll be arrested at the polls if they have unpaid parking tickets, to telling them that,"due to high expected turnout," they've been rescheduled to vote the day after the elections.

To help counter such scams, the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project offered to prepare a "Tips for Voters" sheet. The offer was made during the October 23 edition of "Emilie and Friends," the talk and information show that airs Saturdays on WVON radio AM.

On Thursday, October 28, the tips sheet was introduced by "Emilie and Friends" in their email newsletter to listeners. Here's the notice from their handbill:

Don't get scammed. Get counted!

Your vote is very important. So important that some people hope you won't vote. Don't let them scam you out of voting! Here's a list of scams they might try. And here's another page, full of tips to make your poll visit "as smooth as silk."

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Roy Lipscomb, Secretary, Director for Technology, Illinois Ballot Integrity Project

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