Will voters need to show an ID at the Illinois Veterans Home?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 11:55 am

I have a follow-up question to the response about the Illinois Veteran Home's ID requirement. The Veterans Home is a polling place. Illinois does not require voters to show an ID. Will voters without photo ID's be permitted on the grounds on election days to exercise their right to vote?

You're right. Illinois doesn't require a photo ID to cast a ballot, and the new procedures at the Illinois Veterans Home call for visitors to check in with ID when they arrive at the campus.

Adams County Clerk Chuck Venvertloh was approached about this issue after our Aug. 26 column.

He approached officials at the Illinois Veterans Home to see whether there would be problems for voting.

Venvertloh said he was assured voters would not have any issues accessing the polling place at the Veterans Home.

There are four precincts that case ballots in Lippincott Hall on the Veterans Home campus.

Dave MacDonna, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, said the department's main concern is the health and safety of veterans and staff at the facility.

"It is not our intention to ever interfere with the voting process," MacDonna said. "We appreciate the general public's assistance with this security measure."

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last month that security guards would be stationed at entrances to check identification. The new procedures were started by redeploying security staff.

The facility's network was also upgraded to defend itself from cyberattacks.

At the time of the announcement, MacDonna said the increased security would match other state buildings, and the other veterans homes in Anna, LaSalle and Manteno.

He added that Quincy is likely the only home in the state without a buzzer or card scanner security system for the various buildings.

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