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Poll watcher reports confrontation with Winnebago County election officials




WINNEBAGO COUNTY – Republican poll watcher Colin McGroarty posted on Facebook Tuesday a report that Winnebago County election officials interfered with his efforts on Monday and Tuesday.

An associate of McGroarty told Illinois Review Tuesday afternoon that the confrontation over verifying same day voter registration signatures rose to the level of law enforcement being called in.

"Yesterday the election staff was confrontational. The police were called and the matter was favorably resolved," reported Luther Landon said in an email. "This morning at 9:15 a.m., Colin was boxed into a 3’ by 3’ taped area that effectively prevented him from verifying the signatures of new voters at this county polling location (5950 E. State Street, Rockford, IL).  IL is a same day voting state."

McGroarty's report on Facebook:

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