Despite GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Salvi’s name not being on the ticket, some early voters in Schuyler County, Illinois, have already cast their ballots. The name of Salvi’s defeated primary rival Peggy Hubbard appears on the ballot as an alternative. On June 28, Salvi easily defeated the other six candidates in the seven-way Republican primary.
Salvi, who is running to oust Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, says that the proposed solutions “do not answer the most serious problem of election honesty and transparency” and that voters have “been possibly disadvantaged.” Salvi is seeking accountability. She mentioned that the problem was brought up to her on October 11.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Salvi said that “ballots created by the Schuyler County Board of Elections and authorized by the Illinois State Board of Elections, wrongly named one of my primary challengers as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.”
Salvi stated that the Schuyler County state attorney general and her campaign team collaborated to correct the problem right away. Ultimately, they chose to sequester the large number of incorrect ballots that had already been cast.
According to reports, 307 voters in Schuyler County received the wrong tickets. By Midweek, at least 45 people had cast their ballots. According to reports, the wrong ballots that have already been cast would “be sequestered and examined individually.”
Approximately three weeks before election day, the Salvi team asked how both state and county authorities had authorized the wrong votes.
The Salvi campaign was “gravely worried about this inaccuracy,” John Fogarty Jr., chief counsel for the Illinois Republican Base and a member of the EAC advisory council, wrote to Schuyler County State attorney General Emily Sullivan.
Former President Donald Trump received 71% of the vote in Schuyler County for the 2020 presidential election, while Republican Senate candidate Mark Curran received 63.7%.
Dan Proft, host of the WIND radio show, tweeted: “It can also be ineptitude. It can occasionally be corruption. Regardless, it’s Illinois. Be cautious.”
Duckworth, whose name appeared on the incorrect ballots, is closely connected with the party’s political platform as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.