Champaign County Clerk Lists Wrong Zip Code on Vote By Mail Applications

Champaign County Clerk Lists Wrong Zip Code on Vote By Mail Applications

Republican voters took to social media to report the error and upon notification, Clerk Ammons, shrugged off the mistake.

August 13, 2020

This week, Democrat Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons mailed Vote By Mail applications that included an error in the return address zip code on the application. The zip code listed is in Rock Island, not Champaign County. An error like this could delay delivery of an application for a voter.

Republican voters took to social media to report the error and upon notification, Clerk Ammons, shrugged off the mistake.

Clerk Ammons’ disregard for the seriousness of this mistake is deeply concerning as the November elections are quickly approaching. He must calm the public’s concerns by being transparent and addressing this issue by disclosing whether or not this was an issue with all Vote By Mail applications or just Republicans, and, how many voters received the Vote By Mail application with the wrong zip code.

“Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons disregard for the seriousness of this error by his office is deeply concerning”, said Kayleen Carlson executive director of Illinois Rising Action. “He must be open and transparent and address the questions surrounding this mistake immediately. Not doing so will put the validity of the November elections at risk.”

This is not the first time Champaign County Clerk Ammons has been at the center of controversy surrounding an election. Following the March 17, 2020 primary election, it was discovered Clerk Ammons was illegally counting ballots before the primary Election Day. It was also discovered that Ammons’s office sent duplicative ballots to voters prior to the March primary. 

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