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Freeport Police release statement on electioneering complaints

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FREEPORT (WREX) — The Freeport Police Department says they received numerous calls concerning electioneering and are investigating one criminal complaint.

Police say the majority of the electioneering complaints on April 6th involved individuals handing out election related materials and displaying signs in close proximity to polling locations.

This type of activity is illegal in Illinois if it is occurring within 100 feet of an entrance to a room where voting is occurring.

However, police say there is some nuance with this rule. For instance, if the 100-foot measurement from the polling room’s door is located within the building of a school or place of worship, the boundary for the campaign-free zone is located at the building’s front-door.

Therefore, electioneering in those locations would only be prohibited inside of the building.

Police say election judges took care of the complaints on Tuesday night and they did not have to intervene.

However, police say they did receive a complaint about disorderly conduct from a person who was violating electioneering rules in the parking lot of a polling place. That complaint is now being investigated.

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