County clerk launches ‘trusted source webpage’ ahead of election

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || picture by Item5 Numeric on Unsplash

Ahead of the next gubernatorial primary election, the Cook County Clerk’s Office is launching a new Trusted Source Web Page “to combat harmful election misinformation and provide voters with detailed facts about all aspects of election operations, from questions about voting by mail to the final tabulation of election results,” said Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough, May 25.

The webpage, available at an FAQ to address voter concerns about alleged voter fraud and questions about voter identification, ballot processing and mail-in ballot boxes, the Clerk’s Office said.

There are separate, detailed sections that focus on issues concerning postal voting and the methods used to ensure the transparency and integrity of elections. The page also provides a list of other reliable election sources at the national, state and local levels.

“Right now, one of the greatest threats to the integrity of our elections is the enormous amount of disinformation and misinformation circulating through websites and online sources, which has sown fear and confusion among some voters,” Yarbrough said.

“As the suburban Cook County election authority, nothing is more important than ensuring that voters have complete faith and confidence in the security of our elections, knowing that their votes are being counted with precision and that the integrity of the process is firmly defended and protected. ”

The new webpage is part of a nationwide effort by the National Association of Secretaries of State and other election authorities to promote election officials as trusted sources of election information.

Important dates ahead for the June 28 gubernatorial primary election for voters in suburban Cook County:

  • June 1 – June 27: Voter registration and early voting at suburban Cook County courthouses as well as 69 W. Washington in downtown Chicago.
  • June 12: Last day to register to vote by online nomination.
  • June 13 – June 27: Early voting expanded to more than 50 locations in suburban Cook County as well as 69 W. Washington and Union Station in downtown Chicago.
  • June 23: Last day to request a postal vote.
  • June 28: Election Day/Last Day Mail-in ballots may be postmarked.

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