By Illinois Review
On October 20, 2021, Illinois Republican Party chair Don Tracy announced the formation of the new Illinois GOP Election Integrity Committee, which would be “dedicated to giving voters confidence in their elections by making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Illinois.”
“The integrity of our elections is one of the most important issues we face in Illinois. Using the pandemic as cover during the last election, Democrats in Illinois permanently changed election laws to remove important election safeguards, opening up the election process to more opportunities for fraud.”
Tracy even dedicates a large portion of his weekly Chairman’s Memo talking about the importance of early voting, vote by mail and election integrity issues.
In last week’s newsletter, for example, Tracy highlighted an upcoming statewide Election Integrity Summit headed by his election expert and close ally Carol Davis.
But Illinois Review has recently learned that when a local Republican leader raised the alarm about a Democratic-controlled county clerk’s office playing games with assigning Republicans to serve as election judges, Tracy, Davis and IL GOP officials had a simple message for this concerned, local Republican leader who was desperate for some help and guidance: “Sorry, but we can’t help you.”
Imagine your doctor’s office submitting a claim to your insurance company after a routine visit or a medical procedure, and the insurance company replies back with, “sorry, but we can’t help you.”
Imagine living on the coast of Florida, and you submit a claim to your insurance company for hurricane damage, and the insurance company replies back with, “sorry, but we can’t help you.”
And on March 30th, Tracy sent a letter to Illinois Republicans about the importance of implementing a “vote by mail” program in the next election in an effort to beat the Democrats at their own game.
Something he never talked about until after November’s embarrassing defeats.
What Tracy did not mention, however, is the fact that Illinois Democrats have allocated millions of dollars to implement such programs, while Illinois Republicans are operating on a shoestring budget.
Tracy even goes a step further and admits just how irrelevant Republicans are in Illinois and that it’s impossible to change anything related to Vote By Mail until Republicans have a voice in Springfield.
“However, the harsh reality is that until we have the numbers in the legislature to change it, we have to play to win under the existing rules and we must increase Republican voter turnout by greater use of Vote By Mail.”
Thanks for nothing, Tracy and the IL GOP. You’re becoming the Democratic Party’s favorite Republicans.